Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Article 34 Awards

Article 34 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child -

"States Parties undertake to protect the child from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.
For these purposes, States Parties shall in particular take all appropriate national, bilateral and
multilateral measures to prevent:
(a) The inducement or coercion of a child to engage in any unlawful sexual activity;
(b) The exploitative use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual practices;
(c) The exploitative use of children in pornographic performances and materials"

The awards:
The awards have been instituted by Tulir-CPHCSA with an aim to affirm, support and celebrate efforts that strengthen every child’s right to be safe from sexual violence, as enshrined in Article 34 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The awards for the year 2009 will be presented to

(a) An organization (government or non-government)
(b) An individual in her/his professional capacity
who have worked substantially in addressing concerns relating to sexual violence against children.

The awards are open to not only NGOs and activists, but also to organizations and professionals working in the fields of media, health, tourism, education, police, law, corporate sector etc. Any efforts in the direction of children’s right to protection from sexual violence will be considered.

The process:
To apply, the applicants will have to complete and send an application form latest by Nov .12, 2009. The awards will be based on the activities of the applying organization or individual in the last two years. The awardees will be selected from among the received applications by a panel of judges appointed by Tulir-CPHCSA. The awards are non-monetary, and will be given to organizations and individuals working in India only.

Tulir - Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse is a registered, non-government, non-profit organization committed to working against child sexual abuse in India.
Our objectives are:
To support and participate in local, national and international efforts to promote and protect the rights of the child.
To raise awareness on child sexual abuse.
To work towards improving policy and advancing practice to prevent and address cases of child sexual abuse with a special emphasis on the psychosocial well being of children.
To provide direct intervention services in the areas of prevention and healing of child sexual abuse.
To undertake research, documentation, and dissemination of information on child sexual abuse

For an application form and further details, write to article34@gmail.com

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