‘From Advocacy to Action – Youth unite for Child Rights, Bachhe Aage Bihar Aage’ is a webinar being conducted by the Child Rights Centre (CRC) of CNLU, Patna, on 26th February.
About the Centre
The Child Rights Centre (CRC) is a specialized research centre of the Chanakya National Law University, Patna to be run in assistance with the UNICEF. The Centre’s mission is to engage with child rights from multidisciplinary perspective and to provide integrated technical support to different layers of institutional governance in local, state and national level for the protection of child rights through Knowledge Management, Human Resource Development and System Strengthening.
The objective of the Child Rights Centre, among many, are to engage with Child Rights from multidisciplinary perspective to evolve and support effective delivery and response systems for children, their families and communities, to serve as resource pool on child related issues, to lobby with state and civil society to enable realization of child rights provided for under progressive laws in India and to contribute to policy, law and practice that will enable compliance with the constitution, CRC, SDGs and other normative frameworks.
In order to fulfill the above objectives, one of the prime focus of the Child Rights Centre is to facilitate the orientation and training of various stakeholders in the Child Rights protection machinery including the ADJs, the JJB board members, the CWC members, the Special Public Prosecutors etc, in the child rights issues, laws, institutions, contemporary development and challenges. In this regard, the Centre has proposed a schedule of training for these stakeholders to be conducted with assistance from UNICEF and the BSLSA (Bihar State Legal Services Authority), and which has also been accepted by the UNICEF.
The purpose of the orientation is to increase the knowledge of students regarding use of advocacy as a tool to support Child Rights. It is important for students to be familiar with the tool of advocacy so that they can support the cause of child rights. Introduction to Advocacy on Child Rights will also give them exposure to the field of social welfare and throw light on the use of the tool of advocacy to influence policies.
“Advocacy is the pursuit of influencing outcomes – including public policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic and social systems” (Advocacy Institute, 2001). Advocacy can also be understood as defending a point of view, taking a stand for a certain mindset, and trying to convince people of a certain strategy, viewpoint, or even a particular form of action.
Advocating rights for a vulnerable group means that these rights are upheld through all kinds of circumstances and situations because they aspire to higher or deeper human values. It is a very powerful tool for Civil Society Organisations because it can influence the decisions of key stakeholders such as legislators, executive bodies, policymakers, and bureaucrats. The dialogue that advocacy entails trust, quality, and rapport building. The focus of advocacy should be on impact monitoring as well as impact-oriented reflections so that strategies can be modified to the current needs.
The proposed objective of this orientation is Capacity building. Students will improve their capacity to promote Child Rights. They will develop useful means to influence decision-making processes and influence stakeholders/governments to take concrete steps or commitments in the support of child rights through tools of advocacy. It aims to help students to strategize and strengthen their policy dialogue and advocacy activities.
Apart from the introduction session; this orientation program will entail 3 technical sessions related to advocacy, 1 session of group work – where participants can actually come up with an advocacy plan on child rights themes/issue and 1 session for interactive learnings and discussion.
The first session: What is advocacy?
This session will focus on advocacy as a tool for students to build support for problem and solution in question. It will also identify with examples of how advocacy has helped those in need to make their voices heard. It will also describe the different types of advocacy means involved in social welfare with examples such as legislative advocacy, public advocacy and social media advocacy. The aim of this session is to provide a comprehensive introduction to advocacy as a powerful tool in supporting Child rights.
Outcome: Students will be oriented with use of advocacy, tools and methods for protection of vulnerable groups like children
The second session: Power of social media in advocacy
In recent times, social media has become a very powerful tool to not only be visible but to make one’s voice be heard. Social media provides a platform for digital advocacy which has a wide range of audience who can be reached in a short span of time. Use of social media as a platform of advocacy involves a clear plan that addresses the questions- who is the audience? which social media platform is best suited for the audience? what is the outcome of the efforts? This session aims to equip the participants with the ways best suited for digital advocacy.
Outcome: Students will be equipped to use Social Media for digital advocacy to promote rights of vulnerable groups such as children.
The third session: Understanding the children-related indicators (definitions; sources, usage) as well as the status and trends in Bihar – to contextualize advocacy work
To advocate for change by using concrete, verified data and information needs basic understanding of children-related indicators. This session aims to expand social workers understanding of resources, data, indicators and publications that can be useful to inform practice and guide policymakers.
Outcome: Students will be equipped to understand children related indicators (definitions, sources, usage) to contextualize advocacy work.
- Group workshop for students where they can come up with an advocacy plan related to child rights/issues.
- An interactive session between students and resource persons will enable students to ask questions directly to experts and clear their doubts.
- Dates: 26th February, online mode
- Time: 10.30 am to 3.00 pm
- Participants: College students
How to Register and Join?
Free Registration Link is given at the end of this post.
Date: – 26th February 2021, Time: – 10.30 a.m to 3.00 p.m
Microsoft Teams meeting Link
Address any query to crccnlu[at]gmail.com
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