MoHR in collaboration with UNICEF launched National Child Labour Survey

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ISLAMABAD: (Parliament Times) Ministry of Human Rights in collaboration with UNICEF has launched National Child Labour Survey in Pakistan today. The President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi graced the occasion as chief guest.
Besides, Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari, International youth activist Syed Zeeshan Haider, Parliamentary Secretary Human Rights Lal Chand, Secretary Human Rights Ms Rabiya Javeri Agha, Secretary Ministry of statistics, Shaista Sohail, JoannaReid, Head of DFID, Aida Girma, UNICEF Country Representative, Ms Ingrid Christensen, ILO Country Director were also presents to grace the event. The objectives of the event were to recognize and appreciate the efforts of Federal as well as Provincial governments towards prevention and elimination of economic exploitation and to share the progress made on the child labour survey across the country. In addition, purpose of the event was to launch the data collection process for child labour survey in Pakistan. President Arif Alvi has said constitution of Pakistan guarantees full protection to rights of children. Addressing the launching ceremony of National Child Labor Survey in Islamabad, he said the government will fulfill its responsibility of protecting the child rights. The President said this important survey is being launched after a gap of 23 years and it will help government set its priorities. He further added will be definitely bring these kids towards a brighter future from this life of darkness and abuse of rights. Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari addressing the launching ceremony has said that incumbent Government was committed to improving children’s rights, and glorifying international convention on child labour. It is our priority to ensure the endowment of education and health to the children across the country.
Beyond rhetoric we have to take the pragmatic steps to eliminate the child labour and to improve their living standards. Federal Minister said that we are taking pragmatic steps in this regard and we are committed to ensure the provision of basic health and education facility to the children with a concrete focus to prevent all kinds of child abuse.
while talking to the media representatives during this event, International Youth Activists Syed Zeeshan Haider has said that the child labour is unaccepted in any democratic and progressive society and without the provision of the basis fundamental rights of the children success becomes a night mare. In order to succeed, we need to ensure the fundamental rights of children with a special focus on their education and health. He further said that this child labour survey is the beginning, which will be helpful to eradicate the child abuse and economic exploitation. The representatives of the Federal and Provincial governments including Gilgit Baltistan and AJK, UNICEF, DFID, representatives of international organizations and member of civil society also attended the event.
The themes of the survey was “Moving from Data to Policy-Global Practices” and “Child Labour Survey Data Usage for Policy Development and Implementation”.

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