In view of exploitative and vulnerable situation of children in Pakistan a group of like-minded NGOs realized that one off projects have not been able to solve the issues of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children. Hence there is a need for joint and collective efforts on part of the civil society. This movement cannot be created without the active participation of all civil society actors coming together on a single platform. It is also important to note that countries where comparative progress has been made to address children’s issues have done it through strong civil society advocacy and monitoring and by working collectively towards a common goal. Hence a Child Rights Movement has been formed in Pakistan with the following terms of reference:
“All children enjoying their rights”
“To create an enabling environment for children through collective advocacy on child rights issues”
As a civil society forum, coordination is maintained with the relevant government departments; however, no government department can join the movement as a member. However, bureaucrats as ordinary citizens with interest and commitment towards children’s rights and protection can also join as individuals. Similarly, doctors, lawyers, professionals from media and academia etc. can also join the forum. It is ensured that a working relationship with the other relevant coalitions/networks is maintained.
CRM has chapters in all the four provinces of Pakistan, and chapters in Azad Jammu and Kashmir as well as in Gilgit-Baltistan. These chapters work in close coordination with the national chapter. There is no hierarchy involved. The provincial chapters are not controlled by national chapter. Provincial chapters work in coordination with National chapter and National chapter provides technical guidance and support to provincial chapters.
CRM has secretariats for each province/region. The secretariat is elected by the general body of that region. Following organizations are holding the secretariats for various regions currently:
National Secretariat being managed by UGOOD
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Secretariat being managed by Da Hawwa Lur
Note: We will update this article as soon as we get the information from the relevant officials.
Punjab Secretariat being managed by
Baluchistan Secretariat being managed by
Sindh Secretariat being managed by
Gilgit Baltistan Secretariat being managed by
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Secretariat being managed by
Federally Administered Tribal Areas Secretariat being managed by
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