United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC 1989) is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of race, religion or abilities. India ratified the convention in 1992. The age of a child, as defined by the UNCRC, is any person below 18 years. The four core principles of child rights as per UNCRC are:
2. Best Interest of the Child
3. Survival and Development
4. Participation/ Inclusion
Children are also citizens. They, too, have rights like other citizens. They also have special rights called child rights. An empowered child changes everything! The National Policy for Children 1974, Government of India, declares that the children are the ‘supreme asset of the nation’. Project CACA, i.e. Children Against Child Abuse, is a right based project. We, at Project CACA, believe that the empowerment of children can be the single most impactful step that can be taken to challenge and face the issue of child abuse.