All children deserve a beautiful childhood

Source: DNA Mumbai Sixty-five years after Independence, millions of Indian children are yet to be freed from the bondage of malnutrition, child labour, lack of education and child abuse. Their wait to enjoy their childhood and realize their full potential seems to be getting longer with every passing anniversary of our Independence. A look at […]

The Bandit Queen* of the Social Movement

Guest post by: Dr. Sunilkumar Lavate, Principal, Mahaveer College, Kolhapur *[EDITOR'S NOTE: India's previous 'Bandit Queen', Phulan Devi (at right), was a seasoned bandit of north India. An ordinary village woman, she was abducted by outlaws and raped. She escaped and turned herself into a 'bandit queen' and avenged all of her assailants. After undergoing […]

India Circus Owners Banned From Using Child Performers

India’s traditional traveling circuses remain widely popular across the country, although attendance has been falling in recent years. Despite their popularity, there have long been concerns about their treatment of child circus performers, many of whom are trafficked from Nepal. Starting this month, India’s Supreme Court banned circus owners from using child performers and demanded […]

GoPhil Helps AVANI & Rescued Child Laborers

In September of 2010, GoPhilanthropic visited its partners – AVANI school in Kolhpur, India who provide shelter and education for 36 children who have been rescued from a life of forced child labor. All of the children now attend school and thanks to the dedication of AVANI Director Anuradha Bhosale and others on her team, […]

Salaam Bombay! Reviewed

Recently we had the opportunity to watch Salaam Bombay! , a 1988 Hindi film directed by Mira Nair, and screenwritten by her longtime creative collaborator, Sooni Taraporevala.  If, like me, you loved Slumdog Millionaire, I might describe Salaam Bombay! as an early precurser to that more recent commercial success. Salaam Bombay! chronicles the day-to-day life of children […]

Over 200 Million Children Involved in Child Labour Worldwide

An International Labour Organisation (ILO) report indicates that over 200 million children are involved in child labour globally. Over 100 million out of them are involved in its worst form such as child prostitution, stone quarrying and mining. The report indicated that although there had been a decline in the total number of children involved […]

Anuradha Koirala Named ‘CNN Hero’ for 2010 Anti-Human Trafficking

Meet Anuradha Koirala, a crusader known for her anti-human trafficking drive through her non-profit making organisation Maiti Nepal and often labelled the ‘Terminator’ by human traffickers. Maiti has saved more than 12,000 girls from sex slavery and prevented 45,000 children and women from being trafficked at the India-Nepali border. For her untiring efforts, September 5 […]

UNICEF: Child Labor Must End

Worldwide, the latest UNICEF report from New Zealand estimates nearly 160 million children aged 5-14 are engaged in child labor – equivalent to half the population of the United States. UNICEF: 4 October 2010: While New Zealanders watch their team compete in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, many children in India will never have the […]

Video: Child Labour In India

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The ‘Gray Areas’ of Child Labor

Earlier in the week NPR’s Neal Conan interviewed Jane Stewart, special representative and director of the International Labour Organization’s office to the United Nations, formerly minister of human resources in Canada. Listen online here Read NPR Transcript – This is TALK OF THE NATION. Im Neal Conan in Washington. The campaign to eliminate the horrors […]

Number of world’s hungry falls 10%

Source: Financial Times By Javier Blas, Commodities Editor Published: September 14 2010 12:34 | Last updated: September 14 2010 18:36 The number of chronically hungry people will decline 10 per cent this year, the first fall since 1995, said the UN, while warning the global agreement to cut the percentage of people suffering from hunger […]

India’s poverty amid plenty

See also – Indian Children have a Right to Adequate Food Nutrition EDITORIAL: India’s poverty amid plenty 10 August 2010 | Khaleei Times The New York Times has carried a rather interesting report by its correspondent on the widening chasm between its rich and poor, with particular focus on the government’s poverty alleviation measures. While […]

India’s child slaves building the Games

India’s child slaves building the Games By JESSICA HALLORAN in New Delhi From: The Sunday Telegraph August 15, 2010 12:00AM INDIA’S $3 billion Commonwealth Games is being built by children working for as little as $3 a day. Human rights groups have accused organisers of reneging on promises to look after workers and criticised the […]

Indian Children have a Right to Adequate Food Nutrition

A sweeping political proposal has divided the Indian Congress Party. Its president, Sonia Gandhi, is pushing for a constitutional “right to food” and to enlarge the present entitlement to provide every Indian family with a monthly 77-pound bag of grain, sugar and kerosene – From The New York Times – By JIM YARDLEY – 8/08/2010: JHABUA, India […]

Myth Busting the Basis of Child Malnutrition in India

Roughly 40% of all under-nourished children under 5 years of age live in India. This report by Sam Mendelson and Dr. Samir Chaudhuri dismisses many prevalent myths about child malnutrition in India and points to real solutions. Even after a decade of galloping economic growth, child malnutrition rates are worse here than in many sub-Saharan […]