Emergence of the Child Rights Advocate

Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan

in Growing Up and Away

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071266
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080779 | DOI:
Emergence of the Child Rights Advocate

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This chapter focuses on the emergence of child rights advocates. In the years since Independence, multiple voices had begun to speak up on behalf of and with children. While there were a large number, especially those working within a welfare framework that had developed a comfortable relationship with the State, there were others who saw the need to engage with the State on other terms. In the search for allies, these groups began to focus on the UN and its processes as a possible lever to get the State to engage more with its responsibilities towards children. The changing child-State relationship is also discussed.

Keywords: child rights; welfare framework; child-State relationship; United Nations

Chapter.  13385 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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