Sawan Khaskheli Hyderabad
The children urged the provincial governments to invest funds and take extraordinary steps to protect children’s future and ensure their right to life, survival, health, and education in the province.
Children of different school clubs in Benazirabad had gathered in a seminar organized by the Hari Welfare Association to mark the Universal Children Day under its theme of ‘A Better Future for Every Child.
Sabreen, Child Club Leader said that in 2019, 861 cases of child abuse were reported in Sindh by different sources including 155 cases of abduction, 231 cases of missing children, and 85 cases of child marriages.
In the same year, of the total 104 child marriage cases, 82 percent were reported in Sindh. Moreover, in the year, of the ten most vulnerable districts of abduction in Pakistan, seven belonged to Sindh, which are Khairpur, Sukkur, Larkana, Hyderabad, Dadu, Ghotki, and Nusheroferoz.
These cases reveal the protection of children is not ensured by the state and the relevant authorities in every manner. Rabea, Child club leader shared that in 2016-17, Pakistan Education Statistics reported 6.4 million children, including 3.3 million girls out of school in the province.
Kashaf Parveen, Child Club leader stated that the higher illiteracy rate results from a feudal structure that forces the poor to stay in the cycle of poverty and marginalized.
On occasion, Akram Ali Khaskheli, President HWA, said that on universal children’s day, each district department should organise activities to make aware children.