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\ Advocacy and Research Centre(ARC)
Parallel, and essential to the forward looking vision of the Butterflies programme, is a strong, centralized advocacy and research component, that links to lessons learned from the field based interventions, research and alliances. The Advocacy and Research Centre (ARC) is a unit of Butterflies that undertakes research and documentation to support not only advocacy but also facilitate action on issues of Child Rights. Realizing the importance of advocacy, research and documentation, ARC has been involved in doing relevant research in areas of child rights violations and child development, is also responsible for collection of relevant data on children as well as documentation and analysis. On a regular basis, ARC brings out advocacy materials on Child Rights, including a series of Comic books. Its mandate is that of specific evidence based research, which will lead to action on cases of child rights violations.
Through critiquing governments policies and programmes, the centre has been untiringly striving to create awareness & advocate about child rights not merely in Delhi but at the national and international level as well. It works towards initiating public discourse on issues related to children and acts as a consultancy with respect to other organizations working in the field of child rights.The relevance of the Centre has been recognized by the numerous requests from government departments, researchers and training institutes for data and documents.
The focus of advocacy is on partnering with key ministries within central government and also with different partners including media. The thrust is on accelerating collaborative efforts among national and international based NGOs, the international community and professional organizations, to contribute towards creating an environment where innovative ideas can be transformed into reality.
Research and Documentation
In keeping with the principles of the organization as a whole, ARC seeks the participation of children to carry out research through tailor made research design and tools of data collection.Children associated with Butterflies have conducted excellent research on the girl child and Convention on the Rights of the Child and prepared a report based on inputs from children in the form of drawings, short stories and through recorded interviews.
Research and Documentation, an integral part of our programme:
is directed towards strengthening the knowledge base on the issue of child protection, survival and development
develops evidence based advocacy strategies
guiding and developing the Butterflies Programme through Action Research
advocating and initiating public discourse on issues relating to Child Rights, survival and development
functioning as a Resource centre for Government, Voluntary Development Organizations, Academic Institutions, individuals, researchers and public on
Annual Lecture Series : First Call for Children
As part of our efforts in advocacy and social mobilization for getting children and their issues higher up on the agenda of civil society, we started an Annual Lecture Series called First Call for Children in 2003. This lecture series is a regular and important part of our advocacy and is organized every year on 30th September.Our experience has been that children are still being seen as recipients of welfare and charity and not as equal citizens having their own human rights. The question of rights of children in the modern times has emerged as one of the most vibrant issues in the contemporary human rights discussion. National and international initiatives have been underway to understand and provide solutions with far reaching affects. However, the fact remains that children remain a part of the disadvantaged minority group even today as far as realization of human rights and social justice are concerned. This is primarily because children are generally, physically, mentally and economically defenseless. Marginalization takes a much worse turn when the vulnerable child receives unsatisfactory parenting, neglect by the society and crimes being perpetrated against them all ultimately violating their human right. The situation of children, particularly of those who are vulnerable and come from marginalized communities, needs to be addressed beyond the responses of welfare. We have to locate children and their issues within a broader socio economic systems and the dimensions of poverty. The lecture series are expected to take the discourse on children up to that level.
To analyse the factors that contribute and amplify in making the laws ineffectual, the consequent impact that they have on children and the measures one could adopt to lessen the blow, Butterflies, in its Annual Lecture Series, 2006, had addressed the issue of 'Judiciary and Children'. This was held on 30th September at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The keynote address was given by Justice V. Bhaskar Rao, Member National Human Rights Commission. The other speakers were Dr. Achal Bhagat, Ms. Aparna Bhatt and Mr. Gautam Navlakha.