Media persons’ role appreciated for highlighting children’s issues

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Zubair Qureshi

Child Rights Movement (CRM)—a coalition of 450 organizations and National Council for Social Welfare (NCSW)— on Wednesday paid tributes to all those media persons who are highlighting issues such as children’s education, health, child labour, early marriages and allocation of funds for kids.
Tributes to media persons were paid during a workshop on “Role of Media in Improving State of Child Rights in Pakistan” to accentuate the overwhelming graver issues of child rights violations through effective reporting and awareness raising by media.
Minister for CADD Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudry the chief guest on the occasion noted that media was playing an essential role in reformation of society. As children are prone to vulnerability therefore we all need to pay special attention to them, bearing it as prime obligation with sincere efforts. He said that federal government has passed great bills to ensure protection and promotion of Child Rights for instance NCRC (National Commission on the Rights of Children) Bill 2017 and government is taking revolutionary initiatives for welfare and betterment of our children. Welfare institutes are in fields for fact finding on Child Rights violations, they are working hard to identify and mitigate on prevailing loopholes.
Earlier, Syed Ishtiaq ul Hassan Gilani Chairman of NACG and CEO of National Secretariat of CRM; GOOD (United Global Organization of Development) during his welcome address welcomed the Chief Guest Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudry Federal Minister of CADD, Dr. Nadeem Shafiq Malik Chairman of NCSW, Child Rights exponents and media persons. He also briefed the audience about UNCRC Concluding Observations and Recommendations (CO & R) of 2016 state that “Children are state’s property”, and for them we all need to introduce mechanisms and interventions to ensure the implementation of their rights.
“We must need to own our children because they are the precious gems of our nation,” he said. He also appreciated the government for introducing great initiative to ensure implementation of Article 25- A through incentives in Punjab. He urged government to also notify “Rules of Bussiness” for Article 25-A. He thanked chairman NCSW for their extended cooperation in building and capacitating Civil Society Organizations and in playing supportive role for promotion of Child Rights in Pakistan. Moreover, he appreciated Media for their volunteer partnership to advocate for Child Rights.
CRM Members Ms. Nazia Raja briefed participants on “a journey to NCRC (National Commission on Rights of Children) Bill 2017”, Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Cheema shared key themes of UNCRC Concluding Observations and Recommendations (CO & R) of 2016 to sensitize media on Child Rights and Mr. Safdar Raza facilitated on recent and pending legislations on Child Rights. Young Media exemplary Mr. Ali Moeen Nawazish facilitated session on opportunities and avenues media has for meaningful contributions toward Child Rights.