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Joint Workshop for Parliamentarians, Media and Civil Society Organization on Child Rights and Child Protection Issues organized by CRM Punjab and facilitated by CRM National Secretariat Islamabad on November 10, 2017 at Margalah Hotel.

Certificate distribution by Amer Habib from Save The Children, Syed Ishtiaq Gilani from CRM National Secretariat, Iftikhar Mubarak from CAN and Rashida CRM Coordinator Punjab.

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CRM National Coordinator Syed Ishtiaq Gilani on Pakistan Television PTV Live@5 Program on “Universal Children Day” UCD celebration is all about giving the Child the Right kind of knowledge and freedom to learn, so they can grow as Educated and Responsible Active Global Citizen.

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CRM, NACG and EVAWG Alliance Meeting with PPP Senator Sehar Kamran on Devising Strategy on Child Marriage Bill held on October 28, 2017 at Minister’s Enclave, Islamabad.

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CRM, NACG and EVAWG Alliance meeting with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Sheri Rehman and Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari the focus was inclusion of Child and Women Rights Agenda in PPP Election Manifestoheld on October 27, 2017 at Zardari House, Islamabad.

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CRM National Secretariat ant NACG Members jointly had a very fruitful meeting today with Mr. Franck Olivier Roux, Political Officer, EU and Ms. Javeria Kabani, In charge with Human Rights, EU regarding Recommendation on UPR.

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5 days capacity building workshop on “Child Rights Governance” was organized by Democratic Commission for Human Rights (DCHD) funded by Save the Children in Lahore Country Club, Muridke on 22nd-26th October, 2017.

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Successful Meeting with PPP Senator Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari (Ex-Chairman of Senate) regarding Child Marriage Restraint Act which was rejected by PPP Senator Malik Rehman, Discussed about current status of JJSO and ICT Child Protection Bills and PPP Party Manifesto on 18th October, 2017 at PPP Secretariat, Islamabad.

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“Communication Write-Shop Training” held on 3rd-4th October, 2017 at DHCD Head Office, Lahore.

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“CRM Monthly General Body Meeting” held on 27th September, 2017 at CRM National Secretariat Head Office, Islamabad.

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“National Consultation to Develop Model Legal Law Framework to Eliminate Exploitation of Children in Pakistan” organized by National Commission for Human Rights held on 26th September, 2017 at Pearl Continental, Muree Bhurban.

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“Celebration of International Literacy Day” held on 8th September, 2017 at Ayub Park School, Islamabad.

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“Follow up Meeting with Islamic International University Islamabad (IIUI)” held on 18th August, 2017 at Islamic International University, Islamabad.

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“Child Rights Club Meeting and Consultation on CR Laws/Policies” was held on 4th August, 2017 at CRM National Secretariat Head Office, Islamabad.

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CRM National Secretariat (UGOOD) organized one Day Consultative Workshop on “Review Draft Rules for Implementation of Article 25-A” in collaboration with CADD Ministry and ITA on 31st July, 2017 at NCSW Head Office, Islamabad.

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2 Days “Orientation on Child Rights Framework” was organized on 25th-26th July, 2017 by Child Rights Movement National Secretariat (UGOOD) at Islamabad Hotel, Islamabad.

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2 Days “Orientation on Child Rights Framework” was organized on 25th-26th July, 2017 by Child Rights Movement National Secretariat (UGOOD) at Islamabad Hotel, Islamabad.

 

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“Orientation Session with Peer Learning Clubs on the State of Child Rights and Available Laws” was held on 26th May, 2017 at Hill view Hotel, Islamabad.

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5 days capacity building workshop on “Understanding Child Rights & Child Rights Framework” was organized by Democratic Commission for Human Rights (DCHD) funded by Save the Children in Maisonette Hotel, Lahore on 3rd-7th May, 2017.

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“CRM Executive Committee Meeting for Shortlisting UPR nominees” was held on 13th March, 2017 at CRM National Secretariat UGOOD Head Office, Islamabad.

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CRM National Secretariat celebrated “International Girl Child Day: Girl The Further of Pakistan”
#DayoftheGirl#IIUI#CRM https://t.co/eWzU8tBznD

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Child Rights Movement’s (CRM) National chapter held an Interim Meeting of General Body on August 7,2017 in National secretariat of UGOOD, to ensure the progressive momentum of CRM.

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CRM National Secretariat in collaboration with CADD Ministry, NCSW and ITA organized one day Consultative Workshop on “Review Draft Rules for Implementation of Article 25-A” at NCSW Head Office Islamabad on July 31, 2017.

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CRM National Secretariat organized “2-Days Orientation on Child Rights Framework” in Islamabad Hotel on July 25-26, 2017.

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CRM National Secretariat Islamabad Organized a Press Conferences on “Advocacy and Lobbing with Government for Effective Legislation including Enactment of all the pending Bills, Execution and Implementation of approved Laws and Budget Allocation on Child Rights” at National Press Club Islamabad on July 21, 2017″.

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CRM National Secretariat had a meeting with Raja Niaz Muhammad Office Secretary of PMLN Centeral Secretariat Islamabad to collect original manifestoes of PMLN and develop cooperative Terms.

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Pakistan has an under-five mortality of 81 per 1,000 live births, whereby most children die of preventable or treatable causes, according to the End of Childhood Index developed by Save the Children. Lack of universal health coverage, inadequate diets and unsafe water put the most disadvantaged children at the highest risk of death. In fact, more than 16,000 children under 5 die every day, most from preventable or treatable causes such as birth complications, pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria. Through continued investments in maternal and child health care, we can help children live past their fifth birthday, and give them an opportunity to build a strong future.

To read the report, visit endofchildhood.org and to donate and sign a petition calling on governments to increase investment in children, please visit http://bit.ly/2qLZHtS .

#endofchildhood #stolenchildhoods

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“CRM Strategic Advocacy Workshop 2017” held on 30th May -1st June, 2017 at Hillview Hotel Islamabad.

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42.9% children in Pakistan of primary and secondary school age are out of school, according to the End of Childhood Report by Save the Children. Education is a core part of childhood. School is where children learn, make friends and build a foundation for a good life. However, worldwide approximately 263 million children are not in school – that’s more than 1 in 6 school-aged children worldwide. It’s also more than all the children in the developed world.

Children who are excluded from primary education will earn significantly less over their lifetimes than their educated peers. Many of these children are excluded from learning due to ethnicity, gender, or because they have a disability. By investing in kids’ education, we can eliminate the gap in opportunity for excluded groups and contribute to improved childhood expectancy.

To read the report, visit endofchildhood.org and to donate and sign a petition calling on governments to increase investment in children, please visit http://bit.ly/2qLZHtS .

#endofchildhood#stolenchildhoods

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Child Rights Movement (CRM) a coalition of 450 civil society organizations, working to provide child rights as enshrined in UNCRC.  CRM Chapters and member organizations all around the Pakistan have been accentuating the issue through series of events on World Day against Child Labor 12 June, 2017. National Secretariat of CRM UGOOD (United Global Organization of Development) has also launched a campaign of side events to commemorate this day. Under this campaign ITA (Idara-e- Taleem O Aghahi ) extending its support for the cause, has shared this report on State of Child Labor in Pakistan, which demonstrates that 8.25 million home based workers;6 million child laborers in Pakistan, up to 10 years,require serious attention from federal and provincial governments.  With these figures released in National Policy on Home Base Workers, still, estimates of the total number of domestic child laborersin the country are ambiguous. However, ILO in 2004 reported 264,000 children involved in domestic child labor. These children work behind closed doors in the privacy of people’s homes, this lack of visibility greatly increases the potential for exploitation and abuse.

Once a child is inside an employer’s home, s/he is effectively hidden from view; employers have total control over their lives. This is a HIGH RISK SITUATION for a child!!Violence and abuse (of many different kinds) can take place behind closed doors, without being noticed by the outside world, which was clearly reflected in Tayyaba’s torture case, where a child was tortured as a domestic servant. The intensity of violence in this torture case was proven by the medical report which confirmed 22 torture marks on Tayyaba’s body, including marks from bruises and burns. This case, fortunately got reported & caught media’s attention. What about those cases which go unreported?? In Pakistan, the Brutality in child domestic labor is not a new phenomenon. From 2011 to 2013, 41 cases of violence in child domestic labour were reported, out of which 19 children died due to serious injuries. Last year, a doctor from Peshawar, burned the buttocks of a 13 year old domestic worker with iron, as a punishment. In another case, Rubab, a 10-year-old girl was brutally tortured at the house of a government official.Iram’s death case was even worse; over an alleged theft of Rs. 30,000 from the family, she was murdered. The questions here are: Are the lives of children this inexpensive? &How many more lives are required to be sacrificed to make a point?These cases are clear contraventions of the rights of the children as enunciated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and violation of the 1956 Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery. More recently, child domestic work is considered in many parts of the world as a worst form of child labour, defined by the ILO Convention 182. The Government of Pakistan ratified Convention 182, in 2001.  This binds the government to tackle the issue of child labour by revising legislations and developing appropriate policies and plans.

Article 25-A, was inserted on April 19 2010 with the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan guaranteeing  Free and Compulsory education for ALL 5-16 year olds as a Fundamental Right. Does the state or its citizens know, what a fundamental right means? Because, if education is compulsory for every child between the age of 5-16, why are children (5-16 years) working at domestic households?; Why aren’t these cases being reported? Clearly the legislation regarding child employment are still not aligned to Article 25-A of the constitution and Article 25-A is not being implemented effectively.  Denying children their fundamental right to be educated between the ages of 5 to 16 exposes them to the risk of violence, abuse, development retardation and even death.

Children are our future and Pakistan need to provide them with respect, dignity and most of all “THEIR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS”. To create a prosperous Pakistan; the government should urgently take action to abolish child domestic labour by amending and aligning Child Employment Acts with Right to Education and consider right to education as a perfect antidote to child domestic labour.

Written By:

Ms. Sadaf Taimur (ITA)

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Blog Post  for “World Day Against Child Labor”
Written By: Child Participant “Olivia O’ Connor”

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I’ve been feeling the need of this Topic to make People aware of this major problem that young & innocent Hearts are facing.CHILD LABOR, what is Child Labor?Child labor comes in many forms. It can be visible or invisible. Child labor refers to the employment of children in any work that deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful. This practice is considered exploitative not just in our Country Pakistan but many other States too. According to a research worldwide, as many as 168 million children have jobs. They earn a few Pennies an hour and they simply do not have enough time to go to school and improve their future prospects. These children are forced to work in plantations, mines, factories, as domestic slaves and as prostitutes. Where do Child labor exist? Child exploitation exists all over the world & we can play an important role in standing against this Problem by taking some serious steps . Just like on 29,December.2k’16 in Islamabad (Maid Tayyab tourtured by employee) Judge and his wife beat a child of just 10 years old for suspicious theft in their house .She was in the terrace for 4 days without food and water while upon neighbors  report  to SPARC’s head office .The case was given importance with SPARC team effort and the case was picked up by supreme court of Pakistan  and still on going.

There is a call for action to raise voice against Child Labor.

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45% of children in Pakistan are severely malnourished, according to the End of Childhood Index, according to the End of Childhood Report by Save the Children. According to UNICEF, nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to undernutrition. Undernourished children do not engage in play or interact with caregivers as much as well-nourished children do. By helping parents and communities deliver adequate nutrition to children—especially during pregnancy and within the first two years of life—we can improve childhood expectancy for the most vulnerable children.

To read the report, visit endofchildhood.org and to donate and sign a petition calling on governments to increase investment in children, please visit http://bit.ly/2qLZHtS . #endofchildhood #stolenchildhoods

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10.7% of the world’s stunted children live in Pakistan, according to the End of Childhood Report by Save the Children. Stunted growth is a condition caused by chronic malnutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from pregnancy to age 2. Nutrition and clean water are an important part of a child’s growth and development—and are essential to shaping a healthy, fulfilling childhood. Stunting limits physical development that occurs during childhood, as well as a child’s ability to play and interact with caregivers and perform well in school. This can have a devastating impact on childhood, as well as future education and work life, thus keeping them bound by the chains of poverty.

To read the report, visit endofchildhood.org and to donate and sign a petition calling on governments to increase investment in children, please visithttps://act.savethechildren.net/…/end-c…/end-childhood-asia/

#endofchildhood #stolenchildhoods

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“Pakistan ranks 148 out of 172 countries in the End of Childhood Index developed by Save the Children. The index assesses where the most and fewest children are missing out on childhood according to eight indicators that signal the end of childhood and reduce childhood expectancy. The End of Childhood Report shines a light on the harsh realities faced by the most vulnerable and excluded children, including girls, refugees, poor and disadvantaged, and disabled children, and reveals that in many parts of the world, children can hardly expect any childhood at all. No child should be forced to grow up before they need to – every child deserves a childhood. By examining what ends childhood around the world, we can bring visibility to discrimination and other challenges impacting children, and advance our campaign to help every last child achieve their full potential.

To read the report, donate and sign a petition calling on governments to increase investment in children, please visit endofchildhood.org andhttps://act.savethechildren.net/…/end-c…/end-childhood-asia/

#endofchildhood

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CRM National Secretariat, is having its 3rd Day of Advocacy Workshop followed by a “Press Conference” on Report Launch of “Stolen Childhood”, in Hill View Hotel.

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CRM National Secretariat Islamabad organized a successful event “Role of Media in improving Child Rights in Pakistan” in Islamabad Hotel on May 17, 2017. Chief Guest Honorable Minister Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Davison and Dr. Nadeem Shafiq Malik Chairman National Council of Social Welfare participated.

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Focus Group Discussion with CRM Members on Child Marriages on 11 May 2017.

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“National Consultation on Child Marriage in Pakistan”. CRM in collaboration with NACG Pakistan, Ministry of Human Rights, National Council on the Status of Women and National Commission on Human Rights organized the National Consultation at Margallah Hotel in Islamabad on May 4, 2017.

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“National Consultation Workshop on Environment, Human & Child Labour and Animal Welfare in Pakistan’s Brick Kilns. CRM in collaboration with NACG, ILO, The Brook, SOLIDAR and Ministry of Human Rights organized the Consultation in Pakistan in Ramada Hotel on May 3, 2017.

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CRM National Secretariat met Senator Sehar Kamran who is the Member of Senate Standing Committee of Human Rights and Federal Education & Professional Training at Minister Enclave Islamabad on February 04, 2017.

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CRM National Secretariat was invited on January 12, 2017 at #PTVNews, Pakistan Television (PTV) on Program “45 Minutes” to discuss Tayyaba’s Case and what is the way forward.

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CRM National Secretariat held a Press Conference on National Press Club Islamabad on “Child Domestic Labour and interwoven issues requires urgent attention of Government on January 11, 2017.

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