Violence against Children


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 […]


Violence against girls impacts our collective future

Benazir Jatoi The devastating consequences of extreme violence against girls has been very recently brought into sharp focus following the rape of a 4-year-old girl in Sindh’s Kashmore, and the not so long ago tragic sexual violence against, and murder of young girls in Kasur. Last week, another 7-year-old girl was struggling for her life after being raped in Lahore. These tragic, unacceptable incidents from Kasur to Kashmore– and everywhere in between– should concentrate minds as to how grave the problem of violence against girls is in this country.  According to Sahil, a national children’s rights NGO, between January to […]


Uks holds Webinar on Reporting Rape

Press Release by Uks Research, Resource & Publication Center, Islamabad Islamabad: Decmeber 9, 2020: Uks Research, Resource & Publication Center Islamabad and World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) Global jointly organized a webinar on the topic of Will the media start reporting rape? observing International Human Rights Day. Having renowned journalists, media practitioners and human rights activists on the platform. The purpose of the webinar was to have a debate with participants on the mismatch of media’s reporting on rape cases with the actual rape incidents happening.   Anchoring the webinar Executive Director of Uks research Ms. Tasneem Ahmar drew […]


Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labour

Zishan Ahmad Siddiqi The International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s Convention No 182, aiming at the elimination of the worst forms of child labour, received universal ratification this summer. All 187 member states of the ILO ratified and have thereupon pledged to provide legal protection against the worst forms of child labour. This convention is not only the first convention, which had been ratified universally but also a convention that has been ratified most rapidly, since its adoption in 1999. ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, stated on this historic occasion, “universal ratification of Convention 182 is a historic first. It reflects a global […]


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 […]


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 […]


‘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, […]


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 […]