Campaigns

SSSK has increasingly tried to involve members in advocacy, and there is a useful link to the Consortium for Street Children site where current campaigns are highlighted:www.streetchildren.org.uk  The exact link for the current campaigns is:  http://www.streetchildren.org.uk/content.asp?pageID=33 You will find it on the CSC site under Advocacy, CSC Initiatives adhd Currect CSC Initiatives.

These include the call for an International Day for Street Children, which was highlighted at our 2014 AGM.

As an example of a past campaign in 2010: Realising Rights: Stop Violence Against Street Children

“The police treat us badly. They hit us. Not for any particular reason – just because they feel like it. They have hit me lots of times. They hit with their rifles, or with sticks, on our backs and stomachs. And sometimes they just punch us in the stomach with their hands. They also take our paint thinner and pour it over our heads. They have done that to me five times. It is awful, it hurts really bad. It gets in your eyes and burns; for half an hour you can not see anything.”

The above testimony is from a 15 year old street child in Guatemala. Street children across the world are subjected to horrendous levels of violence, which often takes place in the hands of agents of the state – the very people who are supposed to protect them and guarantee their rights to a happy, safe and fulfilled life. The Realising Rights: Stop Violence Against Street Children campaign aims to reduce the levels of violence against street-involved children around the world and raise vital funds to support the Consortium for Street Children in this work.

What the CSC is calling for is:

  1. Training and sensitisation of police in street children’s rights, needs and protection issues;
  2. Decriminalisation of so-called status offences;
  3. An end to all round-ups
  4. Awareness-raising campaigns on violence against street children.

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