Every day, in every part of the country, girls and boys suffer and witness violence. Violence against children cuts across boundaries of culture, class, education, income and ethnic origin, and occurs in many different settings.
Estimates show that in Pakistan approximately 11 children are becoming victim of Child Sexual Abuse every day, while millions of children are facing worst and all kind of violence, which are sufferer of Child Domestic Labour, Corporal Punishment, Child Marriages/ Gender based Violence (GBV), and Child Trafficking in Pakistan.
Violence Against Children in not only a social issue but it falls in the category of heinous crimes, while it also leads towards violation of Child’s dignity and deprivation from basic child rights.
Pakistan ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC) in 1990 and article 19 of UCRC clearly defines “States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse”.
Article 34 of the UNCRC also describes “States Parties undertake to protect the child from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse”.
Target 16.2 of Sustainable Development Goals asking to “End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children”
Protection of Children from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation is a key priority area of Search For Justice. To prioritize Violence Against Children, Search For Justice in 2014 established Children Advocacy Network- CAN Pakistan to work in collaboration and partnership with different civil society organizations to bring Youth Volunteers, Academic Institutions and general public on one platform to collectively work for ending violence against children through multi-dimensional interventions.
Search For Justice – CAN Pakistan is a member of Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action. Following are the priority areas for Children Advocacy Network- CAN Pakistan;
- Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation
- Child Labour with Special Focus on Child Domestic Labour
- Child Marriages
- Corporal Punishment
- Life Skills Based Education for Adolescent and Young people