Govt taking steps to ensure child rights protection: PM

Grant Boone
November 23, 2020

Speaking as chief guest of the function, Minister for Social Welfare Henry Okram said that there is a need for mass awareness and advocacy campaigns about child rights across the State.

Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari, in her message, stated that turning iconic buildings blue in Pakistan demonstrates "our solidarity with children in the country". The day advocates and celebrates children rights and calls for actions that build a better world for children.

Universal Children's Day is not observed in the United States, although a similar observance, National Child's Day, is held on the first Sunday of June.

He said, "We remain committed to eradicating the incidences of violence against children, child labour and forced marriages, while ensuring that the right to food, education, health and healthy environment is available to all children of the country".

World Children's Day also marks a commitment to listen to the voices of children, adolescents and young people as they demand to be heard on issues that matter to them and ask to be part of the solution.

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Children must be included in decisions that affect their future, especially as this year brought forth new challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis.

"This is a universal crisis and, for some children, the impact will be lifelong", said the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in an October report.

"While millions of girls and boys in Pakistan have seen their lives improve, millions of others continue to grapple with poverty, inequality, and lack of access to the essential services", said UNICEF Representative in Pakistan Aida Girma. In relation to the current pandemic, although children have been largely spared from Covid-19 disease, "it has taken a awful and unquantified".

"It's time for generations to come together to reimagine the type of world we want to create". Pakistan ratified the Convention the following year. "I am confident that with government organizations, civil society bodies, philanthropist establishments, human rights groups, the corporate sector and global development partners all coming together on one platform, no difficulty will be insurmountable, and very soon our children will also enjoy the same care, nurturing, protection and opportunities that are available to children in the more advanced nations of the world", he added.

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