World Vision India launches a Campaign to End Child Sexual Abuse by 2021 in Rajasthan

 
September 13, Jaipur: World Vision India (WVI), a humanitarian organization working for child protection launched its national campaign to end sexual abuse and exploitation of children in India by 2021, in Jaipur today. The campaign titled “It takes every Indian to End Child Sexual Abuse” was launched by Shri. Vasudev Devnani, Honorable Minister, Education (primary and secondary), Govt of Rajasthan. World Vision India will partner with UNICEF to drive the campaign in Rajasthan. The launch included a panel discussion on ‘Ending Children Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in India’ and raised concerns on issues of child protection and the need to address them collectively.

Mikhael Pradhan, Head of Advocacy, World Vision India said, “The magnitude of sexual violence against children is unknown and this calls for an urgent need to address the issue. Through this campaign, we want to reach people from all walks-of-life and ensure a violence free environment for our children. The campaign is expected to impact 10 million children”.

Isabelle Bardem, Chief-Rajasthan, UNICEF shared, “Violence is the biggest issue affecting children today. We believe that violence against children is a violation of basic human and child rights. It is a problem that not only harms each child but jeopardizes their future survival, health and education. A safe and caring environment is a critical part of the foundation of all that we are trying to achieve as World Vision India and UNICEF”.

The campaign will encourage the public to address values and attitudes, which condone sexual abuse and exploitation of children. World Vision India will also train parents on child protection, parenting and care at household level and within the community, facilitate school safety program, conduct comprehensive school safety measures for children, establish child protection policies and improve complaint mechanisms in schools. Sexual harassment awareness sessions will also be conducted at the anganwadi centres for adolescent girls.

The campaign will also focus on strengthening existing child protection programs through multi-stakeholder engagement efforts that will include working with the Integrated Child Protection Scheme and child protection units to strengthen the reporting, referral mechanisms and support programs for child protection incidents, organizing inter-agency child protection review to ensure co-operation and accountability, sensitize and train police, teachers, doctors, Auxiliary nurse midwife, lawyers, etc. to be sensitive with children and their families when faced with a case. Additionally, it will work to strengthen coalitions of community, faith-based and civil society organizations to advocate for the protection of children and improve referral systems.

For more information, please contact: Impuri Ngayawon, World Vision India, +91 8800605557, impuri_ngayawon@wvi.org Subhash Choudhary, +91 9829051774, srandcompany@gmail.com

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