LAHORE: The participants in an event on the World Children’s Day emphasized the immediate need for concrete administrative actions to integrate children in the decision-making process at all levels.
Search for Justice and Children Advocacy Network (CAN) Pakistan commemorated the World Children’s Day in collaboration with Kindernothilfe, Human Appeal Pakistan, National Commission for Human Rights and Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Punjab at the Children Library Complex on Monday.
Iftikhar Mubarik of the Search for Justice commended the recent parliamentary efforts in child protection legislation but stressed the need for robust administrative measures to ensure effective implementation. He urged the Punjab Cabinet to endorse a crucial child protection policy, guiding the provincial government in eradicating violence, abuse, and exploitation against children by 2030, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goal target 16.2.
Rashida Qureshi of the CAN Pakistan urged the government to develop strategies facilitating meaningful child participation in decisions affecting them. Actively engaging children fosters leadership qualities, confidence and responsibility, ensuring a more equitable and inclusive future.
The Climate Action Now’s Abeeha Batool highlighted the pivotal role of children in formulating a provincial climate policy, emphasizing the urgency of securing their fundamental right to clean air.
Nadeem Ashraf of the Punjab National Commission for Human Rights echoed calls for decisive steps to ensure children’s participation in discussions affecting them, advocating for a unified approach and increased collaboration between stakeholders.
Child Protection & Welfare Bureau Chairperson Sarah Ahmad announced the pending approval of a child protection policy. She highlighted the government’s commitment to addressing child domestic labor through legal amendments.
British High Commission’s Office in Lahore Head Clara Strandhoj admired children’s artwork focusing on themes like child labour and climate change, showcasing a comprehensive approach to educating and engaging the community on critical child protection issues.
Published in Dawn, November 21st, 2023