Child Rights


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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

19th May 2017, Karachi Oxfam and Indus Resource Centre (IRC) jointly launched a new project “Marriage: No Child’s Play” on May 19, 2017. The project was officially launched in Karachi, with the participation of special guests including, Ms. Shamim Mumtaz, Minister Social Welfare, Sindh; Mr. Saadat Ali from Netherlands Embassy; Ms. Atiya Dawood from WAF; Ms. Mehnaz Rahman, Regional Director, Aurat Foundation; Ms. Amna Abro, HEO, Health Department; Mr. Qadeer Baig, Director IRD; Dr. Amar Sindhu, Professor of Philosophy at University of Sindh; Mr. Sikandar Sohani from Aahang Pakistan; and Mr. Iqbal Detho. Guests were jointly welcomed by Ms. Sadiqa Sallahudin, […]


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 […]


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 […]


CRM Punjab meets Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Child Rights Movement (CRM) – Punjab has held a meeting with Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (Chairman Pakistan People’s Party) today at Bilawal House in Lahore. The meeting had a one point agenda – Support for The National Commission on the Rights of Children Bill 2017. This bill is in the Senate (or upper house of the parliament of Pakistan). The  CRM delegation sought PPP’s support for the passage of the bill in the Senate. To the delight of the delegates, chairman PPP assured of his party’s full support for the passage of the bill from the Senate. He promised that […]


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 […]