Pakistan launches campaign to end violence against children

Islamabad: The Government of Pakistan has launched a national campaign in collaboration with The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to end violence against children.

The campaign was launched by the Ministry of Law and Justice at a ceremony organized by the UNICEF in Islamabad on Thursday on the occasion of Universal Children Day.

The campaign is aimed at raising awareness amongst the children’s right and guaranteeing their protection.

Speaking on the occasion, Special Assistant on Parliamentary Affairs Zafarullah Khan said the government has taken serious steps for the protection of children’s rights during the last one year.

He emphasized the need for raising awareness over the children’s rights with the cooperation of educational institutions and the civil society.

In his remarks, Special Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice Raza Khan said the government is cognizant of the issues faced by children and has drafted several bills including prohibition of corporal punishment 2014 to end violence against children.

He said after the 18th amendment several subjects have been devolved to the provinces. However, we will support the provinces to bring new laws relating to children’s rights.

Country Director of UNICEF Angelina Kearney appreciated the steps taken by the government in the health and education sectors.

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