Pakistan


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 […]


Live access to UNCAT Committee’s review of Government of Pakistan

The United Nations Committee Against Torture is set to review the government of Pakistan on April 18 and 19 on its compliance with the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment during its 60th session. This is the first time the Committee – comprising 10 independent experts — is reviewing Pakistan since the country signed on the UN CAT in 2008 and ratified it in 2010. The ratifying states are under an obligation to implement the Convention’s provisions. In its Initial State Report, submitted five years late, to the Committee, Pakistan argued that […]


Pakistan Parwan Alliance

Pakistan Parwan Alliance envisages a society that is fair, safe and equal for all. Its Mission is to create enabling environment where individuals are able to exercise sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through engagement with government, policy-makers, private sector, media, civil   society, communities and other relevant stakeholders. The aims and objectives of the Alliance are: Strengthening of PPA – Alliance in Pakistan to foster a strong and robust SRHR Movement in Pakistan. Reform and strengthen policies, laws, procedures and institutions to ensure realization of SRH Rights of every one including disabilities and marginalized communities. Access to Comprehensive Sexuality […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]