June 26, 2013 : Recognize that Every Child has a Right to Family – SAAGN
Sign the Petition to Recognize every Child has a Right to Family
South Asian Alliance of Grassroots NGOs (SAAGN) calls governments of  Afghanistan, Bangladesh,  India, Nepal and Sri Lanka to recognize that every child has a right to family. SAAGN is a regional alliance of grassroots NGOs working in the field of child rights and basic services for children and their families in  five South Asian countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
According to UNICEF, approximately one fourth of the world’s child population lives in South Asia. In 2003, there were an estimated 584 million children in the region comprising 40.6% of the entire population.  Across South Asia 12 per cent of children aged 5-14 are engaged in child labour. This amounts to a total of 44 million children, which is more than 25 per cent of all children engaged in child labour worldwide (150 million). Of these children, 29 million live in India.
SAAGN  starts a petition to call governments to recognize that every child for his/her full and harmonious development of personality should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding. This presupposes the commitment of each Country, State and competent authorities to takes steps so that each child could exercise his/her rights. Therefore, SAAGN is urging upon two broad categories of rights. The first is the right of the child to a family as an essential right. The second is the rights of the family to be supported and protected by the State.The Leaders of the countries in the South Asia Region as well as central governments and Directors of International Child Welfare Organisations should focus on:
• Full implementation of commitments under the UN convention of the Rights of the Child, including the rights to be cared for by their families, to be provided health and education services and to be heard and respected for their opinions.
• The repatriation of children from Institutions to Family and Community based services.
• Investing resources in community services that children need in order to thrive in the community, instead of spending on institutions.
• Strengthening/creating a Task force that can contribute to promoting non institutional care practices in the countries.
• Consulting  with Grassroots organizations to dialogue with the Civil Society share experiences, develop solidarity and plan and implement initiatives to adopt family strengthening approaches that enable families and children to receive their due share of care and protection.
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