WeWorld has been present in India since 2009 in support of children's rights and of the protection of boys and girls against the phenomenon of early marriages, sexual abuse and human smuggling.
With the children
The protection of boys and girls takes place through actions aimed at guaranteeing the right to education. We are committed to creating internal mechanisms to protect and safeguard the rights of minors.
We work to secure the rights of children of seasonal migrants. The intervention, in this case, is aimed at ensuring the right of schooling to boys and girls made more vulnerable by the migration of their parents. The impact of school retention is to prevent child labour and the progressive impoverishment of the families of migrants in the long term.
With the woman
We actively deal with female empowerment and gender equality. Our beneficiaries receive an adequate training to acquire a sense of legitimacy within the society: some of them have successfully started a sustainable economic activity, and, more in general, the individual beneficiaries have achieved an increase in their earning capacity.
We fight against sexual exploitation and child abuse, and, more specifically, the practice of the “Devadasi Dedication”. An integrated approach is needed to contain violence against children, which starts from awareness-raising campaigns and prevention and ends with the support, the reporting and the socio-economic reintegration of the subjects.
We commit ourselves through several actions: we work to strengthen the existing contexts and prevent sexual exploitation, we raise awareness of organisations, groups and religious leaders, we assist women in reporting and we commit ourselves to enforce the law. Finally, we promote the economic and social emancipation of the victims by providing them with alternative means of subsistence, such as a job, and by guaranteeing individual psychological and legal assistance.
The strategy we adopt in India is to stimulate the institutional system (schools, religious communities, local authorities) to act, through prevention and intervention initiatives, for the strengthening of the community, by providing alternative solutions that safeguard the right to childhood, but at the same time respect and reassure the fears of the population regarding the loss of tradition.