Children’s Rights in Goa (CRG) is dedicated to improving the status of children in Goa. It creates awareness about the rights of the child and is committed to preventing child abuse and exploitation of children. CRG is also committed to promote gender justice through the activities it conducts. CRG started as a programme of Vikas Adhyayan Kendra (VAK), Mumbai, in 1996. On 10 February 2006, CRG was registered under the Societies’ Registration Act, 1860, (Registration No: 25/Goa/2006). It is also registered under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act and under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 (FCRA).
- To empower children by making them aware of their rights and providing them with information about how they can protect themselves from abuse.
- To take special steps to safeguard the rights of the girl child.
- To enhance child participation and create platforms for children to express themselves.
- To stop Goa from becoming a destination for child sex tourism.
- To encourage the government and tourism service providers to accept and observe the child friendly tourism code.
- To strengthen community initiatives to protect children by conducting targeted capacity-building programmes.
- To provide psycho-social support to child victims of abuse.
- To make protocols and procedures more child friendly.
- To advocate for the implementation of the Goa Children’s Act to reduce the vulnerability of children.