“All children enjoying their rights”
“To create an enabling environment for children through collective advocacy on child rights issues”
In view of exploitative and vulnerable situation of children in Pakistan a group of likeminded NGOs realized that one off projects have not been able to solve the issues of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children. Hence there is a need for joint and collective efforts on part of the civil society. This movement cannot be created without the active participation of all civil society actors coming together on a single platform. It is also important to note that countries where comparative progress has been made to address children’s issues have done it through strong civil society advocacy and monitoring and by working collectively towards a common goal. Hence a Child Rights Movement has been formed in Pakistan with the following terms of reference:
- To carry out advocacy for the purpose of institutional, policy and legislative reform
- To monitor the situation of children and report it to the government and the media and to monitor those actions of the Governments which have a negative impact on children
- To provide programme and policy guidelines to the government and donors and develop updated fact sheets on child rights and child protection.
- To engage in media discourse and provide information for the general public and policy makers
As a civil society forum, coordination will be maintained with the relevant government departments; however, no government department as member can join the movement. However, bureaucrats as ordinary citizens with interest and commitment towards children’s rights and protection can also join as individuals. Similarly, doctors, lawyers, professionals from media and academia etc. can also join the forum. It will be ensured that a working relationship with the other relevant coalitions is maintained. TORs of the movement will be must to share while inviting any new member to join the movement. As the movement gathers momentum, provincial chapters of the movement will be established. Members will then jointly decide upon the modalities of the provincial chapter through consultative meetings.
Organizations will commit members representing the organization for at least one year who (unless unavoidable) will regularly participate in the meetings and carry out any responsibility agreed with the CRM. When the member is changed due to internal policy or for moving out of that organization, it will be the member organizations responsibility to brief the new member on CRM and share all previous minutes etc.
Provincial chapters will work in coordination with National chapter and National chapter will provide technical guidance and support to provincial chapters. There will be no hierarchy between Provincial and National chapters and provinces will work according to their issues. National chapter will share their monthly meeting reports with Provincial chapters and provincial will share be requested to share their minutes with the National chapter through coordinator. These minutes will then be disseminated to the members of National chapter. Provincial chapters will share their yearly reports with National Chapter.
- Decide on areas of child rights to be addressed by the coalition.
- Participate in important policy making dialogue.
- Carry out selected research on critical child rights violations in Pakistan.
- Develop fact sheets on child rights and child protection by collating info and data.
- Take part in media discourse on child rights issues.
- Develop a strategy and action plan for the coalition.
- Develop monitoring indicators on key child protection issues.
CRM Work Plan 2013
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CRM Work Plan 2014
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