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Islamabad Deworming Initiative Launches 2nd Annual Mass Deworming Campaign in Islamabad

Deworming 574,000 children for a safe and healthy future December 23, 2019: The First Lady of Pakistan, Mrs. Samina Alvi, launched the 2nd annual mass deworming campaign of the Islamabad Deworming Initiative at Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-7/4 Islamabad. The school-based deworming program will treat 574,000 school-age children within 2,300 government and private schools, as well as Deeni Madaris, in Islamabad Capital Territory on 23rd January 2020. All children enrolled in classes 1-10 and out-of-school children aged 5 – 14, will be encouraged to access treatment at a nearby school on deworming day.  Ms. Samina Alvi, the chief guest […]


Two-day Children’s Literature Festival comes to Peshawar

The two-day 63rd Children’s Literature Festival (CLF), the largest learning festival for children and teachers in Pakistan, a flagship program of civil society organization Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), will be held on December 10-11, 2019 at two well-known locations in Peshawar – Nishtar Hall and Peshawar Museum. The event, being co-hosted by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Culture, will be held in collaboration with provincial departments of Tourism, Youth & Sports and the Elementary & Secondary Education. The festival will be open to all from 9am to 4pm on both the days. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Tourism, Culture, Sports, Archaeology and Youth Affairs […]


‘Artivism for Child Justice’ launched

October 23, 2019, Islamabad: Honourable Minister of Law & Justice, Dr. Farogh Naseem in collaboration with Group Development Pakistan launched the ‘Artivism for Child Justice’ campaign for ensuring and enforcing child justice across Pakistan in an event held at Islamabad. The awareness campaign focuses on child justice using arts as a tool to reach out to people from different socio-economic backgrounds. ‘Artivism’, a concept adopted in consultation with children uses local indigenous arts like truck arts, puppetry, interactive theatre, visual art and musicians to allow ownership of this youth transformative process. Truck arts, a popular art form is being used […]


AAWAZ II plans Early Market Engagements in Peshawar and Lahore

The AAWAZ II team will be organizing two Early Market Engagements (EMEs), one in Peshawar on August 8, 2019, and another in Lahore on August 9, 2019 to allow interested organizations an opportunity to gain clarity on the EOI application process, on AAWAZ and our approach. Interested organisations should send in their details: Name of organization and name of representative attending to Zeeshan.jadoon@britishcouncil.org.pk no later than 11:30 AM, 7th August 2019. Details on the location and timings for all those registered will be emailed by 1:30 PM, 7th August 2019 to allow for travel from other districts. Interested applicants/attendees will have to cover their […]


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 […]


SPARC Launches Annual State of Pakistan’s Children Report 2016

Islamabad, 27th April 2017: Despite the growing incidences of violence and abuse against children, there still remains a severe absence of the necessary measures that can help protect children. This was stated at the launch of the annual ‘State of Pakistan’s Children’ report, by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC). Speaking at the event, Sadia Hussain, Executive Director SPARC said: “Children’s rights have long been a neglected issue. While there has been progress in legislation related to child rights, Pakistan still lags behind international standards due to the poor implementation of existing child protection […]


Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA)

The Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN-CSA) Pakistan was launched in Islamabad on Dec 23, 2014,  during a two day national conference on the State of Nutrition in Pakistan. The milestone event was boosted with the newly established SUN-CSA adopting a Civil Society Declaration on Nutrition and Food Security. SUN Government Focal Point, Aslam Shaheen, praised the Alliance’s contributions and efforts to make scaling up nutrition a reality. He said “The government’s un-wavering commitment to lower the staggering child & mother mortality rates in Pakistan stems out of up scaling nutrition through multi-sectoral nutrition policy”. Participants from multiple stakeholder groups included high […]


DEATH ROW’S CHILDREN – Pakistan’s Unlawful Executions of Juvenile Offenders

ISLAMABAD, 17 FEBRUARY 2017: The juvenile justice system in Pakistan has failed to protect its juveniles from being sentenced to death, a new report by Justice Project Pakistan finds. Death Row’s Children – Pakistan’s Unlawful Executions of Juvenile Offenders, launched in Islamabad today, documents the fundamental weaknesses in the country’s juvenile justice system including inadequate legislative protections, scant birth registration, and lack of age determination protocols that leads to countless juveniles being sentenced to death and eventually executed.Parliamentarian Asad Umar stated that “below a certain age, you cannot be held accountable for the decisions that you make.” He added that the death penalty […]


Nominations for Children’s Peace Prize Open

The  International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional child, whose courageous or otherwise remarkable actions have made a difference in improving children’s rights, which helps children worldwide. The motivation behind the prize is to provide a platform to children to express their ideas and personal involvement in children’s rights. KidsRights feels that children should be recognized, awarded and motivated in their fierce efforts to improve their own situation and that of the children in their environment and even the world. The prize was launched by KidsRights during the 2005 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at the […]


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 […]