ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights (MoHR) Dr Shireen Mazari on Saturday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is committed to protecting the rights of every child in Pakistan and provide them access to development opportunities without any discrimination.
The incumbent government is fully aware of its responsibilities and it understands that working together with all stakeholders for child rights, awareness and changing social attitudes is the need of the hour, she said while talking to PTV.
She said that Imran Khan’s government is committed to fulfilling its obligation to protect children, and the human rights ministry is focusing on taking practical measures against child abuse in this regard.
The minister said many government and non-government institutions have launched awareness campaigns in the country especially in rural areas through advertisements as well as electronic, print and social media for the protection of human rights.
“The government is continuously striving hard to enhance children’s welfare besides ensuring adequate education and training facilities,” she added.
“Child protection is a special priority of the government, our leadership is committed to providing a safe environment that ensures serious development of children’s capabilities and talents,” Dr Mazari said.
The minister said that her government is also making it increasingly easy for residents of Islamabad to report child abuse cases and urged that civil society, academia, parents and media to play a responsible role in this regard.
She highlighted the impact of abuse on children and the role of teachers in sensitising them and raising awareness on self-protection. “It is very important that we work collectively to raise awareness amongst communities, especially the vulnerable and those devoid of technology or infrastructure, so that they have the confidence to report cases of child abuse”, she added.
She said that parents should encourage children to speak out whenever they feel uncomfortable.
Mazari also emphasised that besides child right legislation and its implementation is extremely important.
Speaking about awareness campaigns, Mazari said that it would raise awareness on the violations of child rights, sexual violence, child labour and children on the street among the masses.
In addition, the campaign is also aimed to educate parents and guardians about the importance of taking steps to avoid secure their children in crowds and rushy areas.