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Situation Analysis of Child Online Protection in Pakistan

The report titled “Situation Analysis of Child Online Protection in Pakistan” provides an overview of the current state of child online protection in Pakistan. It highlights the importance of addressing the risks and dangers faced by children in the digital world, such as cyberbullying, online grooming, and sharing of sexual abuse materials. The report emphasizes the need for comprehensive measures…

Criminalizing Child Domestic Labour in Pakistan

Human rights, child rights and civil society activists, along with legal experts and representatives of independent human rights institutions, police and government officials on January 4, 2024 underlined the need to finalise the law to criminalise child domestic labour in order to curb this exploitative practice which, they described as…

Unicef to launch child rights protection programme

KARACHI: The Sindh government and Unicef on 16 May 2024 agreed to launch a child protection programme to reduce child rights violations and harmful traditional practices. A statement issued from CM House said that Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Unicef Country Representative Abdullah A. Fadil in their meeting…

Child marriages: LHC Judgement

THE recent judgement of the Lahore High Court in ‘Azka Wahid vs Province of Punjab’ has declared the arbitrary distinction in the legally prescribed minimum age of marriage in the Punjab Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 18 years for men and 16 years for women as unconstitutional. Decades of lobbying…

Fistula and child marriages

Seema’s battle with fistula unveils the tragedy of early marriage, urging society to confront the intertwined dangers of child marriage and women’s health crises. Seema, a resident of Astore District of Gilgit-Baltistan, received the title, ‘Woman of the Year’, not for her achievements, but for a fate imposed upon her…

Minister calls for addressing education challenges

ISLAMABAD: Education Minister Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on 23rd April 2024 said challenges of education could not be addressed until the provinces and the federation worked in unison. He highlighted the importance of ensuring that all stakeholders were on the same page and owned the direction taken by the federal…

Japanese grant of $3.62m to fight polio in Pakistan

The Japanese government has announced $3.62 million grant to procure essential oral polio vaccines as part of its continued support for polio eradication efforts in Pakistan. Pakistan will use the funds to procure more than 21m doses of vaccines to support polio campaigns in 2024. According to a statement issued…

Unicef Seeks Urgent Funding for Pakistan

According to report published by Daily Dawn, Unicef is urgently appealing for $135.6 million from global donors to meet the pressing humanitarian needs of over 5.5 million individuals in Pakistan, with a focus on assisting 3.4 million children. The call for funding, outlined in a new Unicef report, aims to…
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Decline in child marriages is slow

According to UNICEF, child marriages are on the decline, but not so much that they could be abolished for another 300 years, while a perfect storm of crises could still reverse the trend. “We have definitely made progress in abolishing the practise of child marriage, especially in the last 10…

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