Friday, July 23, 2010

Workshop on Anti Child Trafficking

A workshop was conducted by the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD) for CDPOs, Anganwadi supervisors, Anganwadi workers and NGO workers on anti-child trafficking. CRT staff were the resource persons for the workshop held on July 22, 2010 at Chikkaballapur.

Content of the workshop: Introduction to child rights, Status of children, Trafficking-meaning, causes and effects, Child trafficking, and the roles of the participants and various government departments in addressing the issue.
Changes that can be addressed at the grassroots' level was also discussed.

No. of participants: 30

Feedback/Impact: The participants appreciated the clarity on the concept and the introduction to child rights providing a comprehensive overview of the issue. They vowed to bring increased focus to the issue that they felt had been neglected by them previously.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Calendar violates Juvenile Justice Act

Child Rights activists, NGOs and networks have strongly disapproved the content in a calendar brought out by the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD).

The calendar has made use of phrases like
'aparadhi' (criminal), 'vaishyavatike' (prostitutes) and displayed pictures of children affected with HIV and those in conflict with the law.

According to the Juvenile Justice Act (Article 21), words like '
criminals' should not be used for children. Instead, 'children in conflict with the law' is the appropriate phrase. As per the Act, pictures of children in conflict with law should not be used. 'Commercial sex workers' is the appropriate phrase and not 'prostitutes'. Sensitive issues require sensitive usage of language and words and it is unfortunate that NGOs or experts were not consulted before bringing out such material.

CACL-K, a network of NGOs working for children, wrote a letter to the Department strongly deploring the glaring mistakes and demanded that the calendar with a 10,000 strong circulation be stopped immediately and the mistakes rectified. 

The department has since apologised and agreed to remedy the mistakes.  

Newspaper coverage of the issue can be accessed here.
SICHREM, advocacy unit of CACL-K, has written about this issue on their blog which can be accessed

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Date: 4th July 2010 

Venue: AWTI, Byrathi Bande, Bangalore

Organized by: CCDC

Sessions/Agenda: Ice Breaker game, CRC presentation including history, issue-wise group discussion, child protection methods (1098, CWC, KSCPCR, CRT) including CR clubs and  Child Rights Special Grama Sabha.

Resource Person: Ms. Nagamani C.N.


A child rights workshop was conducted on Sunday, 4th July 2010 at Byrathi Bande, Bangalore for girl children. Around 82 children from classes 8 to 10 participated in the workshop.

This was the first child rights workshop for the participants. Hence, we covered the entire spectrum of child rights starting from its history.

Our aim was to ensure that most of the workshop was activity based to keep the children engaged. The children responded very well and the interaction levels were very encouraging.

The children were divided into 8 groups with each group having to present on one issue like Child Trafficking, Child Labour, Child Marriage, Discrimination, Child Begging, Corporal Punishment, Children and Government and Policy and Children.

Children were very creative in their presentations and many expressed their views on the topic through skits/plays. They touched upon the impact of these issues, relevant policies and also provided solutions.

The children appreciated the inputs provided on child rights. The girls especially liked the discussion on gender-based discrimination and found it enlightening.