Child Protection


Karachi gets two-child courts

Feb 24 (Karachi): The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Sindh High Court (SHC), Mr Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh, inaugurated the child court in Karachi District Malir at the District Courts Malir yesterday, which followed the inauguration of another child court in District-East by the Director-General of Sindh Judicial Academy honorable Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar on 24th February 2021 with an aim to take the criminal justice reform agenda forward. The efforts to establish child courts in the province aimed at providing expeditious, child-sensitive and fair justice to children in contact or in conflict with the law as envisaged in the […]


BeGunah a web series on justice with children premiered

Dated: Islamabad, Mon, 1st February 2021 The issue of justice with children in Pakistan is set to open public discourse at the national level as Group Development Pakistan (GDP) – a civil society organization registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 working on protecting and promoting child rights and strengthening child protection and justice with children across Pakistan – premieres BeGunah in collaboration with federal Ministry of Law & Justice (MOL&J) which is a web series based on the concept of the artivism engaging youth to raise awareness on justice with children. BeGunah aims to address and analyse dynamics that […]


Preparatory national consultation on justice with children held

Dated: Thursday, 14th January 2021 Islamabad: Leading the discussion during the Preparatory National Consultation on Justice with Children, key national and international stakeholders contributed to a meaningful discussion to pave the way forward for justice with children Group Development Pakistan (GDP) – a civil society organization registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 working on protecting and promoting child rights and strengthening child protection and justice with children across Pakistan, held a preparatory national consultation on Justice with Children, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Law and Justice, Terre des hommes Foundation, BackerMcKenzie, the office of the UNSRSG on […]


Child, early and forced marriages

Wajahat Ali Malik Child marriage and early marriage mostly refer to a marriage in which one or both spouses are under 18 years of age. However, early marriage is sometimes used to describe a marriage where one or both spouses are 18 or older, but are without free and full consent. For example, the marriage of a 19-year-old who is not physically or emotionally mature, or unable to make decisions, would be considered an early marriage. Whereas in forced marriages, one or both spouses are unable to give full, free and informed consent about marriage, regardless of their age. Forced […]


Children on the streets

Zishan Ahmad Siddiqi Who are the children we see living on the streets? The destitute families that cannot afford to send their children to schools find it more attractive put these children to work. Most of them collect trash or go begging on the fringes. Many children are employed exclusively in the begging stream. Needless to say the children on the streets remain highly vulnerable to abuse and denial of basic rights consequently. The type of work/employment these ill-fated children on the streets have to perform are the worst forms of child labour. Studies conducted to decipher the challenges of […]


Download Zainab Alert application now!

Zainab Alert is the child abduction emergency alert app developed to report and track a missing child. Once a case is reported on the app, it instantly galvanizes communities and law enforcement agencies to assist in search for the safe recovery of an abducted child. It’s a nonprofit and  non-commercial initiative and now has been officially launched from the platforms of law enforcement agencies. A flyer along with this email to give a brief about the app is also attached.  Below are the links of our social media handles & to download the mobile application. Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/zainabalerts/ Twitter : https://twitter.com/ZainabAlerts Android – http://bit.ly/2U3uDqu Apple […]


Portal established to report online child sexual abuse material

March 19: Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) in collaboration with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children launched a portal to improve children’s online safety in Pakistan. The new portal allows internet users in Pakistan to anonymously report child sexual abuse material in three different languages – English, Urdu, and Pashto. The reports will then be assessed by trained IWF analysts in the UK. It is the 33rd portal set up around the world to fight the spread of online child sexual abuse material. The launch was due to take place in Pakistan and […]


Universal Children’s Day celebrated in Islamabad

See also – Universal Children’s Day – Aik Ta’aruf Child Right Movement Pakistan – a network of about 500 organizations – celebrated the Universal Children’s Day 2019 and 30 years of United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at F-9 Park, Islamabad. More than 600 children from different schools, orphanages and slum areas of the twin cities participated in the event. Different fun and recreational activities were designed for children. Parents, community members, parliamentarians, and celebrities were also present there to celebrate this day. Parliamentary Secretary Health Yasmeen Rashid, while addressing the participants, said that Pakistan was […]


Ministry launches campaign: Protecting Our Children: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Pakistan

Islamabad: The Ministry of Human Rights has identified key priority areas to create awareness on the prevention, protection and redress of issues related to the rights of the child. On Thursday, 4th July 2019, the Ministry of Human Rights in collaboration with European Union launched an awareness campaign to educate people about Protecting Our Children: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Pakistan. “Safeguarding children is our Islamic duty, our constitutional duty and is in line with our International commitments of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The government through the Ministry of Human Rights is committed to fulfilling […]


13 year old bonded laborer still awaiting justice

Press Release – Issued by SPARC Islamabad, 29th May 2017: 13 year old child, Irfan Falak Sher, who lost his hand in a fodder cutting machine last April is still waiting for the promises made to him by the government. The boy whose employers allegedly pushed him towards the fodder machine when he asked them for food got his hand chopped in the machine and is still waiting on Rs 1 million promised to him as part of his medical and rehabilitation expenses. Despite the promises made to him nearly three weeks ago he has yet to receive the proper […]


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 […]


‘Marriage: No Child’s Play’ launched in Lahore

Lahore, May 24, 2017: A five-year project aimed at preventing child marriages by  enabling young people to make informed decisions regarding marriage and health rights was launched at a local hotel on Friday. The event was organized by Bedari in collaboration with Oxfam. This project is being implemented in Sindh by Indus Resource Center (launching ceremony in Sindh was held earlier this month, and has been reported here on this website). The project ‘Marriage: No Child’s Play’ is a multi-country initiative designed to equip young people, especially young girls, with life skills education and providing them with socio-economic opportunities through policy […]


Child Rights Movement – Pakistan

 In view of exploitative and vulnerable situation of children in Pakistan a group of like-minded NGOs realized that one off projects have not been able to solve the issues of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children. Hence there is a need for joint and collective efforts on part of the civil society. This movement cannot be created without the active participation of all civil society actors coming together on a single platform. It is also important to note that countries where comparative progress has been made to address children’s issues have done it through strong civil society advocacy and […]


11 Year Old Child Domestic Worker Beaten by Employer in Hyderabad, Sindh

Source: SPARC Pakistan An 11 year old girl working as domestic help at Defence, Hyderabad was beaten by her employer under the suspicion of stealing a gold ring. The victim was beaten by her employer’s wife and taken to G.O.R. Police Station by the brother of her employer. The SPARC team led by MR Zahid Thebo reached to aid the child domestic worker immediately after learning about the incident. The SPARC Team looked into modalities for filing the FIR (First Investigation Report) and after a hectic effort was able to lodge the FIR under Article 59 of the Sindh Children […]