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SPARC State of Pakistan’s Children Report

“State of Children Report” is an annual publication produced by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), a non-governmental organization based in Pakistan. The report provides information on the situation of children in the country, covering various aspects such as health, education, violence against children, juvenile justice system, etc. The report is widely cited by…

Why do children want to stay on the streets?

WHY would children, given an option, ever want to stay on the streets? This question arose when speaking to staff from a reputable organisation in Peshawar, with decades of experience in outreach and rehabilitation for children who live or work on the streets. It takes special skills to engage with…

Institution For Out-of-School Children Opened

TAXILA: A school for street and out-of-school children, especially those working in brick kilns, workshops, hotels, and begging, has been opened in Attock. At the Subh-i-Nau (early morning) School, enrolled children will receive free uniforms, school bags, and stationery supported by Jica, the Department of Education, and philanthropists. Addressing the…

700,000 children in Punjab are living on streets

LAHORE: Speakers at a seminar and panel discussion have called for more effective enforcement of existing laws and collective action to control child trafficking, child labour and child marriages. In the event organised by the Sustainable Social Development Organisation (SSDO), in collaboration with the Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB),…

CPI resolves 258 cases of child protection

Islamabad: Child Protection Institute (CPI), Ministry of Human Rights, has dealt with 260 cases of child protection since its inauguration in June 2021, says the data released by CPI. Among the total number, 243 were boys and 17 were girls. Out of the total number of cases, 125 cases were…

Swarms of Beggars descend in Hyderabad

As the month of Ramzan is near to its end, Hyderabad witnesses a notable rise in the presence of professional non-local beggars. The surge also includes innocent children often accompanying the beggars. Reports indicate that a significant portion of these beggars hail from other cities and even outside the province.…

Child beggars flood twin cities

The number of child beggars and alms seekers has increased manifold in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad during the holy month of Ramazan according to a news report. The people of the two cities demanded strict actions against those who were involved in child begging and alms seeking.…

Gang using women, children and killers to extort money

Gangsters have been using women, children and contract killers to carry out their extortion activities in Karachi, an arrested suspect revealed on 11 Jan 2024 by a Daily News report. The suspect, Kabir Ahmed, is allegedly associated with gangster Wasiullah Lakho’s group based in Lyari, the District City police spokesperson…
Rapid assessment of child labour in waste-picking in Pakistan

Rapid assessment of child labour in waste-picking in Pakistan

This Rapid Assessment examines children’s involvement in waste-picking activities within Pakistan. Conducted under the auspices of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Asia Regional Child Labour (ARC) Project, this assessment illuminates the factors driving children’s involvement in waste-picking, their socio-demographic backgrounds, their working conditions, the risks they encounter, and the consequences…

Child Protection Issues in Pakistan

“Child Protection Issues in Pakistan” features an interview with Afshan Tehseen Bajwa, the former Chairperson of the National Commission for Rights of Children (NCRC) in Pakistan. She discusses several child protection issues prevalent in Pakistan. These include child labor, child abuse, child marriage and lack of access to education. Bajwa notes that…

The State of Children in Pakistan

The state of children in Pakistan is a complex issue that is affected by a variety of factors. Many children in Pakistan face significant challenges. “The State of Children in Pakistan” report profiles the state of child rights and conditions of children in Pakistan, nationally, provincially and special areas/ territories,…

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