The power of a vote – your vote can change the lives of millions for the better. Soon, our country will go to the polls. Shockingly, a whopping one-third of India’s citizens will not have a say in determining who forms our next government. Their basic rights are violated every single day. They have no economic power, no vote and therefore no voice. They are India’s children, and they need us – we who have both a voice and a vote – to speak up for them.
Today, 66 years after independence, the situation of the Indian child is a grim one:
• Every second child in India is malnourished
• 11.8% of children in India are engaged in some form of child labour
• National Dropout Rate at the Elementary Level is over 40%
• Nearly 45% of girls get married before the age of eighteen years.
This election, CRY – Child Rights and You, as an independent non-government organisation working in the area of child rights for over 33 years, has developed a Child Rights Manifesto. We are urging political parties to focus on the issues affecting the rights of Indian children while fashioning their agendas.
Being a people’s movement, we need your support! We urge you to join us in this campaign. Visit www.cry.org/voteforchildrights and sign your support online. Download the Advocacy Kit and become a ‘vote for child rights‘ campaigner. Put up the poster wherever you can. Tell your friends about this campaign.
Your support to CRY will be instrumental in ensuring that children become this nation’s top most priority – a place they rightfully deserve. Let us use this opportunity to work together to make India a better place for our children.