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May 8, 2017

Celebration of International Women's Day at CRC, Mumbai

Child Representatives of CRC leading the program
Child Representatives of CRC leading the program

On 8th March, YUVA, in collaboration with Bal Adhikar Sangarsh Sanghathan (BASS-Association for the Child Rights Struggle), celebrated International Women’s Day in a memorable way. A special programme, aimed at making the surroundings safer for women and children, was organised at Indradhanush Child Center, which saw participation of around 55 children and 15 women from the surrounding slum areas. Along with Sub Inspector Shri. Kedare, it was graced by the presence of women police officers from the local Mankhurd Police Station, Ms. Prajacta and Ms. Sunita, who, as examples of women who have achieved challenging feats, sowed seeds of inspiration in the minds of children.

Mr. Vijay set the event in motion by enlightening the importance of the day and the motive of the event. He talked of how the place was modelled for the safety of women and children and how necessary it is to have the slums converted to a similar safe haven for women and children. He also described to the audience the process of conducting surveys, discussions and mapping of safe and unsafe areas for children in settlements. Ms. Husna and Ms. Sulabha further discussed the history of Women’s struggles, the present day conflicts faced by women in the slums and how essential it is for women and children to take initiative themselves to make their surroundings safe.

It was heart-warming to see the child representatives from Child Resource Center and BASS play an active and vivacious role in the event, with Sagar Reddy, giving a warm welcoming speech and Shravani, expressing her opinions about the Women’s Day. The other children too, actively participated in the discussion highlighting their issues and pointing out places in their slums which they find unsafe. Their zeal and enthusiasm in taking leadership makes the future light up in the glow of hope.

While the focus of the morning event lay in expression of ideas, views and spreading awareness, the evening was abuzz with light-hearted games at Lallubhai Compound. Participating in a wide range of games like musical chair, lemon and spoon, 50-60 women, from nearby slums, along with their children, took a brief respite from their busy lives and enjoyed the day in laughter and fun.

With your continued support and contribution, YUVA, will keep striving to spread more such smiles and achieve a child-friendly, violence-free, cognizant society.

Local women and children playing musical chair
Local women and children playing musical chair
Feb 7, 2017

Campaign at Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon

Youth and children holding balloons for awareness
Youth and children holding balloons for awareness

On sunny and pleasant Sunday morning, YUVA group organized awareness campaign in Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, one of the largest marathon event in Asia, at Marine Drive. More than 14,000 runners participated and many more people to cheer and organize events, dancing, singing and other performance. There was lot of energy felt from huge crowd of people, and YUVA was one of them to raise our voice on youth’s rights.

Our main purpose was of participation was to promote YUVA-Child Resource Centre and raise the social awareness on child related issue. Yourh and children under various YUVA  programs held up posters, drums and balloons and cheered runners from the road side. They also marched on the road of Marine drive, singing songs and claiming youth rights to raise the roadside walkers’ interest and other corporate/ public /social sectors who are also organizing events.

YUVA group also interacted with some corporate sector and NGOs, building up trust and cooperative relationship on raising awareness and cheering the runners. Youths performed street-plays about infant femicide and drew huge attention of the audience. Children and yourhs also enjoyed interacting with others and occasionally participating on other events, singing and dancing.

It was the first time for YUVA to participate in SCMM, and we saw huge opportunities to build acknowledgements of our project and organization. Although there were some improvements necessary, we would like to participate more actively and in larger scale next year. 

Promoting for YUVA-child resource centre
Promoting for YUVA-child resource centre
Marching at marine drive
Marching at marine drive
Dec 6, 2016

Child Rights Week

 

Children’s Day is celebrated on November 14th in India.YUVA celebrated Child Rights Week 2016 from 14th to 20th November. The  theme for which was ‘Safe and Violence-Free Community’. YUVA campaigns to build child-friendly cities. Safe and violence-free communities and homes will enable cities to be child-friendly.  The programmes were led by children and were directed towards children in the community, parents, communities and the city as a whole. Our activities were spread across the administrative wards of P North and M East. We also had few activities with street children living in and around Kurla and Bandra railway stations. Many of the activities were conducted at our Child Resource Centres or were initiated and planned at the centres.

The focus of the week was on the following:

  • Engaging with children in communities on creating an awareness on child rights: Bal Adhikar Sangharsh Samiti (BASS - Child Rights Committee) members conducted programs to raise awareness on issues of safety, publicise child helpline numbers and led discussions on child rights with children in the community.  
  • Engaging with community based organisations, youth and parents: BASS members reached out to adults through a cycle rally and other activities to initiate a dialogue on safety and responsibility of adults promoting safe spaces for children in the community.

Some events conducted during the week:

  • BASS members prepared greeting cards to important stakeholders which includes children, youth, people's representatives, teachers, police and Anganwadi workers. The United Nations Convention with the help of short story clippings prepared by UNICEF. They thoroughly enjoyed both these processes. Children were relating the story clips with the theme of the week during the discussions conducted after film screenings. "Hinsamukt aur surkshit basti ke liye ham baccho ke sath hai", (We are with children to create a safe and violenc-free community) was the message on each greeting card prepared by them.
  • On the occasion of Children's Day, BASS members and Malvani Yuva Parishad (Malvani Youth Organisation) organised a "Khel Mohotsva" (Games Festival) at Ambujawadi. 40 girls from Ambujawadi participated in races. A Kabbadi competition was held in the evening. The objective of this Khel Mahotsava was for children to claim their right to play in the community.
  • Games were conducted for girls in the event called ‘Khelenge, badlenge, dekhenge’ (Will play, will change, will watch). Girls played cricket, kho-kho and kabaddi. This was an initiative to encourage girls to play.
  • Dance movement therapy conducted in the Deonar Municipal School for 42 girl students.
  • Signature campaign for a safe and violence-free community was conducted that garnered over 150 signatures and initiated a discussion on the topic in the community.
  • A film screening was conducted and a discussion was held on the issues addressed in the movie.
  • Child Rights Week concluded with children's representatives from each community sharing their experiences and activities conducted during the week. Discussions were held on laws concerning children like on the changes made to the Child Labour Law. There were dance and song performances as well.
Dance movement therapy
Dance movement therapy
Signature campaign
Signature campaign
 
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