National Convention on Child Advocacy

Around 300 children with marginalized backgrounds from across India to share their stories of hope and their vision for change

Most of the marginalized communities in India do not have access to basic services like health, nutrition, sanitation and education. The circumstances of abject poverty and neglect that they live in, make the children in these communities highly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse;  bonded labour, trafficking, child marriages etc., being some visible manifestations of the crisis. Yet, amidst the tough conditions that they live in, children have also proved their resilience and determination in making lives better for themselves and their communities.

ActionAid India and the several grassroots organisations it partners with, are proud to be part of this journey for change, led by children themselves. On the occasion of Children’s day, ActionAid India’s knowledge and advocacy unit called “Child Rights Focus” and the Hyderabad Regional Office are jointly organizing a three day National Convention on Child Advocacy from 14th-16th November, 2014.

This convention will witness the coming together of about 300 children (10-18years) from across 14 states of India to share the experiences of change brought in through their advocacy at various levels to fight against different hurdles relating to health, education, gender rights and other issues afflicting their communities. The children, participating in the convention come from diverse social, ethnic and religious groups such as Dalit, tribal, Muslim and other vulnerable castes and classes.

Aiming to highlight the growth in children’s advocacy, the convention will include various interactive sessions on successful child led actions by the end of which, the children will come out with their vision of India which will be shared at the culmination of the convention.

Examples of Success Stories to be shared at the Convention:

15 year old Sruthi from a slum in Kodungaiyur, Chennai took up the case of children working as rag pickers in the nearby dumping grounds and managed to even get some children out of this situation and back to school.

13 old Ruth, who decided to end the practice of open defecation in her locality will share her experiences as well. Being the group leader of the Chelimi children’s group living in the Jalaripeta slum of Visakhapatnam, she raised the issue of poor hygiene and sanitation and non availability of toilets with the local Municipal councilor.  This led to the construction of a toilet block and better sanitation facilities.

These are just some of the stories that will be shared firsthand by the children at the convention.

We hope that you will be a part of this initiative by attending the convention and highlighting some of the success stories of these children who have become beacons of hope for the nameless millions who continue to face hardships on a daily basis.

Convention Venue: CHAI Training centre, Near Sai Geetha Ashram, Kandlakoya village, Medchal

Convention Dates: 14th- 16th November, 2014

We are organizing a press conference in Hyderabad to promote the initiative. Kindly send your reporter along with the camera person to gather detailed information about the three day National Convention.

Press Conference Venue: Hyderabad Press Club, Somajiguda

Press Conference Date: November 13th, 2014

Time: 11 A.M

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