We take note with appreciation of reports of SRSG on Children in Armed Conflict and SRSG on violence against Children.
Recent estimates show that at least one billion children in the world are victims of violence every year which demonstrates that much more needs to be done to end scourge of violence against children. Ten years after the launching of the United Nations study on violence against children, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a unique opportunity to renew commitments and reinvigorate action to end violence against children. For the very first time, the dignity of children and their right to live free from violence and from fear are recognized as a distinct priority on the international development agenda. The inclusion of target 16.2 to eliminate by 2030 all forms of violence against children was a breakthrough which has the potential to transform lives of children.
As a party to CRC and In line with our SDG commitments, The Government of Pakistan is committed to protect children from all forms of violence and in this context :
- An independent National Commission for the Rights of Children is being established to monitor, protect and promote rights of children.
- Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2016 which covers all aspects of violence against children has been passed.
- Pakistan has ratified Optional Protocol to Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict in November 2016.
- Child Protection Centers have been established at the federal as well as provincial level with the view to provide protection and rehabilitation services to the victims of child abuse and violence.
- National Communication Campaign on child abuse was launched with the aim to sensitize the relevant stakeholders about the negative consequences of child abuse and violence. A number of workshops have also been conducted throughout the country to sensitize about the harmful impact of violence against children.
- The Ministry of Human Rights in collaboration with UNICEF has launched a National Campaign to end violence against children with the focus on preventing corporal punishment. In this regard, protection from corporal punishment act has been formulated by provinces.
- In collaboration with the SAIEVAC and SAARC Development Fund, the Ministry of Human Rights is also implementing a project, “Preventing Violence against Children in Pakistan”.
- A training manual for conducting training of trainers has been prepared and disseminated among relevant stakeholders which focuses on ending violence against children.
I thank you.