Strengthening of NCRC imperative to improve state of child rights

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Staff Reporter

Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child organized a Consultation on Need for active role of National Commission on Child Rights on Thursday.

Ms. Afshan Tehseen Bajwa, Chairperson, National Commission on Child Rights mentioned that NCRC is mandated by the Federal Government to monitor the state of child rights in the country as per our international commitments given by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

NCRC is primarily focusing on issues of girls such as their access to education, health and hygiene, and protection from early child and forced marriages.

Khalil Ahmed Dogar, Program Manager SPARC said that special measures are required to safeguard the rights of vulnerable children.

Senior Child Rights Activist Arshad Mehmood Khan said there are over 100 child-related laws in Pakistan but only 24% of them comply with the requirements of UNCRC.

Ms. Khalida Ahmed, Member Board of Directors SPARC said, Pakistan was among the first countries who ratified the Convention on the Rights of children in early
1990s.

She added after 3 decades children’s rights framework has not fully integrated within the governments systems.