Post-election processes are also attempted in which legislators were invited to comment on their performance in front of children, NGOs, volunteers and public.
Q & A Analysis:
In the past, several organizations and individuals have talked about the need for lobbying with the legislators on raising burning issues, both blatantly visible and also hundreds of invisible issues related to children in the house. But, so far no concrete effort has been done in this regard. The biggest handicap is that no systematic effort has been done to review the questions and debates conducted in both the Legislative Assembly and the Council. Analysis of the Question Hour of the Legislative Assembly and Council to bring out the importance given to children’s issues by people’s representatives, the quality and type of questions and also the quality, reliability and accuracy of the answers given by the Government.
Since its inception KCRO has taken a lead in attempts to influence political leaders to take up the cause of children and child rights. Lobbying with political parties initially to consider child-related issues and then analyzing the legislative debates, question hour analysis and answers given by the Government is a model developed by CRT with the assistance of UNICEF, This exercise is now giving its dividends through steps towards the formation of a forum of legislators for children in the Karnataka Vidhana Soudha (Legislature).
The objectives of question hour analysis are as follows:
- To obtain information on the number of child centered questions raised in the legislature, the number of questions on child-related issues, types of questions and answers and the period during which these questions were raised.
- To understand whether there is child rights perspective in the questions raised and discussions held in the Vidhana Sabha and Parishat sessions.
- To develop an advocacy tool to lobby for Child rights issues.
- To persuade political parties to fulfill child rights issue-based promises that was incorporated in the manifestos of various political parties.
- To make sure that the objective questions related to children continue to be raised in both the houses of the legislature.
The findings of the observatory on child rights are playing a major role in supplementing issues to be included in this activity. The publication on the analysis acts as advocacy material for use in the subsequent years. With the past experience we (along with UNICEF) need to work towards developing a methodology and means to institutionalize this study in the coming years.