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Articles on issues faced by NGOs or issues on which NGOs are working would be placed in this category.


What’s wrong with Punjab [Child] Marriage Restraint Act 2015

by Syed Miqdad Mehdi The fact that our policy-makers thought about this issue and passed this bill should be appreciated. However, I am surprised that the word ‘child does not appear in the title of the bill. It now reads as the Punjab Marriage Restraint Act 2015. Furthermore, this law is not in accordance with international commitments or the spirit of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children or the rights that are given by the Constitution of Pakistan. The definition that has been given in Section 2(a) of the act, regarding who exactly is a child, is flawed. According to it, […]


Transport – one of the main hurdles in girls’ education

by Safeer U Khan “Give me an educated mother, I shall promise you the birth of a civilized, educated nation”. Though this saying of Napoleon Bonaparte has become a cliché now, yet it remains as relevant as ever. Girls’ education is all the more important because they are the ones who are going to bring up our next generations. In recent years, I had the opportunity to interact with various communities in remote villages, and discuss girls’ education with men, women and girls themselves in district Chakwal. I have drawn two conclusions: It is a myth that people are against girls’ education […]


Breast Cancer – something we should not ignore

by Arshad Mahmood I didn’t think much about breast cancer until last year when a close relative, who was living a remarkably healthy life, was suddenly asked by her family doctor for further investigations to confirm whether she had breast cancer. The news sent out a shockwave across the family. A happy family with a routine life was suddenly faced with an uphill task of visiting Lahore almost every week for the investigations and later, when it was confirmed, for treatment. This disturbing period resulted in the husband experiencing a heart attack. It was a year-long painful and exhausting exercise […]


A child is a child – Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation

Note: this is executive summary of the recently released study of children stuck in the conundrum of migration or trafficking issues. This report shows how the lack of safe and legal pathways for refugee and migrant children feeds a booming market for human smuggling and puts them at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. Building on recent UNICEF policy proposals, it sets out ways that governments can better protect these vulnerable children. The full report can be downloaded from this webpage. (Team – Pak NGOs) Millions of children are on the move across international borders – fleeing violence and conflict, disaster […]


Pakistan stands 136th on global ranking on child rights.

The KidsRights Index is the annual global index published by the KidsRights Foundation which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. The KidsRights Index is an initiative of the KidsRights Foundation, in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam: Erasmus School of Economics and the International Institute of Social Studies. The KidsRights Index comprises a ranking of all states that are parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and for which sufficient data is available. This is a total number of 165 countries. At present the Convention on the Rights […]


Highlights from HRCP Annual Report ‘State of Human Rights in 2016’

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has launched its annual report ‘State of Human Rights in 2016’ in a local hotel in Islamabad today (May 10, 2017). The highlights of the report as provided by HRCP are given below for your information. State of Human Rights in 2016 Highlights Laws and law-making The federal parliament made 51 laws in 2016, more than double the previous year’s output of 20 laws Ordinances promulgated by the president decreased from 12 in 2015 to six in 2016 Provincial legislatures adopted 81 laws in 2016, a significantly low output compared to the 120 laws enacted in […]


State of Pakistan’s Children 2016 – An Overview

Among the most alarming revelations in 2016 was the failure of Pakistan to achieve targets set under all Millennium Development Goals (MGDs). This situation calls for immediate and effective policy measures and strong adherence to and implementation of existing legislation. The National Assembly of Pakistan passed a unanimous resolution to adopt the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs as a national development agenda. However, the effectiveness of initiatives for year 2030 needs to be seen. It has been 26 years since Pakistan signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), however, the implementation of its protocols in […]


Nutrition and Women’s Empowerment

By Nabeela Waheed Good nutrition is not only a concern for the health and development of an individual, but also has major implications for the health and productivity of the entire country. Women’s empowerment has massive implications for nutritional status of children – on their physical and mental development. Investment in women’s human capital in rural communities of developing nations have greater positive implications for nutritional improvements of children as compared to the investments in men’s human capital development. Children are the future human resource of a country, hence it is vital to more effectively invest in and promote the […]


NEW RESEARCH ON CHILD MARRIAGE IN 2016: WHAT DID WE LEARN?

We are grateful to Girls Not Brides for allowing us to reproduce this report here on our website.  2016 was a big year for research on child marriage. New data and analysis emerged, building our understanding of child marriage, its drivers and impact, as well as what it will take to end it. Here, we look back on what we learned. 1. CHILD MARRIAGE REMAINS A GLOBAL ISSUE “Where does child marriage happen most?” It’s the first question we get asked working on this issue. In 2016, new data by UNICEF revealed that child marriage happens in places less frequently […]


Projects to fight child labour found wanting

By Qadeer Tanoli Published in Express Tribune on January 30, 2017 A total of seven projects in the public sector have been functioning in the four provinces to fight against child labour, four of which are in Punjab alone for which over Rs911 million have already been released, but the designed outcome of these projects is yet to see the light of day.untless children are still out of the radar of the provincial government. Cases like that of Tayyaba and a lot more continue to surface on the media to get the attention of the authorities concerned to eliminate child […]