India’s leading Child Rights organization CRY- Child Rights and You organized an event at Gurgaon’s Cyber Hub to spread awareness on the need for “Putting children first” during 2014 general elections.
The event saw a group of 20 Harley Davidson bikers demonstrating their commitment towards Child Rights. The 50 KM rally was flagged off from Cyber Hub, Gurgaon and went on till India Gate and back to remind politicians and government in power that it is their obligation to undertake all measures in protecting and promoting child rights.
The event at Cyber Hub was unique in nature, with drummers from World of Talent performing to highlight the importance of putting children’s rights in the manifestos of political parties and urge the general public to vote for a party that does so. Volunteers from CRY- Child Rights and You also performed a flash mob to raise awareness about the issue.
The event was a part of CRY’s nationwide Vote for Child Rights campaign that started on November 13, 2013. It included activities ranging from signing pledges from the general public to getting prominent personalities from across India to support the campaign, to organising events like press conferences, flash mobs and bike rally to showcase the current state of Child Rights in India. A staggering 1.5 million pledges have been collected from across the country signifying the support to the cause of child rights.
The campaign believes that India’s children, who account for one third of the population, deserve the collective demonstration of commitment towards child rights. It also calls for action to express zero tolerance towards violation of child rights so that every child can be assured of a happy, healthy and creative childhood. That can happen only if children are recognised as rights holders and people in power remain committed towards providing care, protection, essential services and opportunities to each and every child.