Campaigns & Projects
This new CRIA Online webinar put children leading projects in the spotlight. Around 50 persons came to here them talk and learn from their experience.
1. Rejina and girls’ capacity building – Nepal
Rejina has been one of the core team member of CRIA for years now. She is a peer educator of the Girls Empowerment Project (GEP) in Nepal. This Project aims to emancipate girls and women and encourage them to participate and be independent. Peer educators like Rejina receive firstly a training and after that they can start to give lessons on different topics and sectors: Self-defence training, training about conflicts and forms of violence, leadership training, menstrual health and SRHR lessons, workshops to produce sanitary pads, training on online safety, training on life skills, story writing to boost one’s confidence and so on. Rejina also takes leadership in so other children club as well: Nepal’s first children club Jagriti ChildClub Nepal, ward level Children Club and also Municipality level child networking.
2. Ram and gender inclusion in circus arts – India
Ram is 14 and has been part of the NGO Nine is Mine for 6 years and of the CRIA Core Team for 2 years. Ram does adovacy for children rights and gender equality with circus arts as a medium. He and his team work a lot with children from New Delhi slums. For him, it is important to teach the exact same things to girls and boys if you want to promote gender equality. This is all thanks to the people supporting this project like the president of Nine is Mine or circus teachers.
3. Susmita: the mission of Child Friendly Local Governance (CFLG) and children clubs – India
At 12 years old, Susmita got involved in a children club of her “tole” (local level district) where she became founder secretary. There she learnt all about the society, the importance of children for said society, children rights and what kind of conditions children especially girls child lived in, and finally about all kind of social problems like child labour, gender based discrimination, child marriage etc. Then, she started to make people aware of children rights and raised her voice against discrimination ans social issues. She also encouraged and organized different orientation session or trainings to develop life skills. Today, she is a social activist as well as child and girls right activist and winner of “Her Turn” Leadership award 2020. Not only this, Susmita is President of Subha Child Club, Municipal level Child Network, Gaindakot, Interact Club Of Gaindakot,etc. In her free time, she also teaches small children of her neighbourhood and write poems, article and create awareness videos on social issues.
4. Nichole and The Five Dollar Project – United States of America
Nichole was 14 when she first participated to CATS as a guest speaker. She talked about her actions towards gun control and bullying in front of all the participants. Later, she joined CRIA’s Core Team to help build the forum. She went on and created the Five Dollar Project. It focuses on fighting environmental injustice in marginalized communities through different student led initiatives. Nichole and her team attach a lot of importance to gender inequalities, oftentimes linked to climate change. If the link between climate and man-woman equality is not easy to see at first glance, it is important to understand that women from all countries are actually the most threatened and endangerd by climate changes.
5. Manisha M. and the Climategiri – India
Manisha and her friends were greatly inspired by Greta Thunberg and her initiative Fridays for Future. In 2018, manisha decided with a group of other children to research on climate change and this is how they decided to found the Climategiri Project, with the help of Mr Matt Perry, a peruvian environmentalist.
Together they led worksophs in around 40 schools to raise awareness of climate issues. They also organized 9 strikes with children, schools, NGO and older students. The ninth one took place in the city of Chandigarh in front of the city hall. They organised a strike in front of the Environment Ministry as well and redacted a letter to their attention. Their action even was relayed by journals and notably the program “We The People” where they could talk about the ban of single-use plastic.
6. Chelsea and The Golden Hand Project – Philippines
Chelsea’s project was born after a conference on child rights in Switzerland co-organized by Initiatives of Change, in 2017. Her 90 Days Challenge was to create, within her community in the Philippines, a project that would make it come together. At 14, she organized activities, bringing children from her community together. They organized cleaning actions, artistic activities, debates on topics such as bullying, gender equality, identity, they wrote letters of support during the covid-19 crisis, gave out presents for Christmas…
7. Manisha V. and the Children Parliament – India.
Manisha and several children from her neighborhood created a Children Parliament in 2017 in Delhi. This parliament has approximatively 40 permanent members. In order not to be dependant on politicians and sponsors with conditions, the kids decided to be financially independant and to find themselves their fundings. Very much aware of development and solidarity issues, Manisha and her friends decided to center their parliament around the 17 Development Goals : each goal has its Minister and Vice-Minister. Manisha is vice-minister on the Peace and Justice Development Goal. Thanks to tireless efforts of this parliament, children has been able to lead actions such as preventing child mariage, raising awareness on gender inequity and install toilets separate for boys and girls in the neighborhood school.
The participants also had the opportunity to listen to Ms Suchorita Bardhan, communication specialist for UNICEF West Bengal. She expressed her joy to see children leading project and make a use of their right to participation. She also talked about this right in her country, India.
Before leaving the participants were also able to take the first step in the realisation of their project by answering questions to focus their ideas such as: what is the issue? Who are the beneficiaries? Who could help you with your project? What would be the first steps?
In 2021, CRIA Online will continue to organize themed webinar and will also offer to children workshop to help them with their projects.