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Looking a Driver's of Child Rights and Business Principles

DIPSTICK STUDY TO UNDERSTAND THE BRICK KILN SECTOR IN ODISHA AND IT'S IMPACT ON THE WORKERS' CHILDREN

The brick kiln sector is characterised by its informal and seasonal nature as well as intergenerational poverty. The sector severely impacts the rights of children, who are frequently found working alongside their parents and other family. They are exposed to safety and protection risks and have very limited access to education, health, hygiene and safe drinking water. 

In this context, it becomes imperative to understand the role that different stakeholders, such as businesses, state, state machineries and brick kiln owners and managers can play in the protection of rights of children.

The objective of this study was to not only understand the situation and working conditions of workers in the brick kilns sector of Odisha, but also to understand its impact on the rights of the children of these workers, and to come up with a collaborative model of engagement and strategies that the different stakeholders can adopt to ensure that the rights of children are realised.

ENGAGING WITH BUSINESSES ON ENDING CHILD MARRIAGES BY CREATING 'BUSINESSES RESPECTING CHILD RIGHTS' (BRCR) VILLAGES: BEST PRACTICES, GAPS AND STRATEGIES FOR SCALING UP

Since July 2022, the Sanarpatti Block Level Federation (SBLF), Dindigul, has been intending to prevent child marriages in the block. 

The project, which engages with local businesses owners and religious leaders, is conceived on the assumption that if enough businesses are aware of laws as well as punishments associated with violating child rights, then they would exercise pressure on the families/communities to stop child/early and forced marriages. 

The pilot phase was implemented in 70 villages across 12 panchayats between July 2022 and January 2023. About 14 Panchayat leaders and 90 business owners (and religious leaders) have signed the agreement thus far. The vendors are encouraged to display the signed agreement at their business premises. 

This document reviews the best practices & gaps in the concept and implementation process and suggests way-forward strategies for scaling up. 

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES FROM THE SCHEDULED TRIBE THROUGH CHILD PROTECTION AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

Since July 2022, the Sanarpatti Block Level Federation (SBLF), Dindigul, has been intending to prevent child marriages in the block. 

The project, which engages with local businesses owners and religious leaders, is conceived on the assumption that if enough businesses are aware of laws as well as punishments associated with violating child rights, then they would exercise pressure on the families/communities to stop child/early and forced marriages. 

The pilot phase was implemented in 70 villages across 12 panchayats between July 2022 and January 2023. About 14 Panchayat leaders and 90 business owners (and religious leaders) have signed the agreement thus far. The vendors are encouraged to display the signed agreement at their business premises. 

This document reviews the best practices & gaps in the concept and implementation process and suggests way-forward strategies for scaling up. 

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