Online session on ‘Protecting Children from Child Abuse and Online Exploitation’

LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2018/01/14: Pakistani Activists of Cecil Chaudhry and Iris Foundation (CCIF) holding placards chant slogans to protest the rape and murder of seven year old Zainab Ansari in Kasur District at Liberty Chowk in Lahore on January 14, 2018. Hundreds of protesters enraged over the murder of a young girl threw stones at government buildings in a Pakistani city near the Indian border for a second day January 11, amid growing outrage over the killing. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

ISLAMABAD: Child Sexual abuse has become a major issue all across the world including Pakistan. Child abuse results in tormenting childhood. The victims continue to suffer from blackmailing, pornography and depression.

Child abuse can have very damaging effects on any child including but not limited to nightmares, persistent fear, isolation, social withdrawal and self- harm etc. Despite all the efforts of government, the ratio of child abuse is still increasing in Pakistan.

According to a Cruel Numbers 2019, published by Sahil a non-Government Organization, 8 children are abused per day in Pakistan.

In these days of Covid-19 and social distancing, the internet has become an integral part of our lives and plays an important role in the educational and social development of children. However, this internet has also exposed children to a new and evolving form of online sexual exploitation. Therefore, there is a need to establish some protective measures in order to provide an environment which will enable our children to grow to their full potential.

Search for Justice is a registered Non-Government Organization working with a vision of empowering child rights and protection work in Pakistan through advocacy and policy lobbing, capacity building, children participation and organizational development. Search For Justice is primarily focusing on ending all forms of violence against children.

To highlight these issues and to discuss the strategies at local, institutional and policy level, Search for Justice in collaboration with Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Government of Punjab is going to organize an online session on Tuesday 23rd June 2020.

Maria Lucia Uribe Torres (Director Arigatou International-Geneva Office), Sadaf Khan, (Director programs Media Matters for Democracy, Dr. Naeem Zafar (Pakistan Pediatric Association, President PAHCHAAN) and Zahida Manzoor (Child Protection Officer UNICEF Punjab) will conduct the said online session.

Sara Ahmed Chairperson- Child Protection & Welfare Bureau Government of the Punjab will also join us the occasion session and will conclude the session with her closing remarks.

Interested viewers can attend the session live on Search for Justice’s Facebook page on Tuesday 23rd June 2020 at 03.00 PM sharp i.e. www.facebook.com/SFJPK

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