UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

CWC has been actively following the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As a pioneering organisation in the field of children’s participation, the majority of CWC’s advocacy has been centred on Article 12 of the Convention – the right of children to participate in decisions being made about their lives.

CWC facilitated the first-ever children’s alternative report (or shadow report) to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 1998. This was a path-breaking, and when children submitted it to the Committee, they received a standing ovation.

In 2003, CWC facilitated the National Movement of Working Children to submit the second children’s alternative report to the Committee.

Based on a detailed analysis of Article 12, CWC submitted comments on likely challenges in translating Article 12 into concrete action at the country level.

  • When you look into a child’s eyes you expect to see hope, trust and innocence; but when you see these signs of childhood are replaced by betrayal, hunger, fear & suspicion, we need to take a serious stock of ourselves and the society we have created.

    - Nandana Reddy | CWC

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