Universal Children’s Day takes place annually on November 20. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children.
This year theme for Universal Children’s Day is “Stop Violence Against Children.”
In our society, violence against children is believed to be widespread. Children face corporal punishment in schools and madrassahs; they face physical and emotional abuse in their homes or workplaces; or they risk becoming victims of trafficking.
As per the report, “The State of Pakistan’s Children 2012” by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), the children in Pakistan have to cope with a lack of educational opportunities, poor health conditions, a near absence of protection for poor and vulnerable children, miserable conditions in juvenile jails and continued employment of children in hazardous occupations.
In another report by SPARC, in 2010 a total of 2,689 children were subjected to various forms of violence in Sindh alone.
Positive Development: The legislative body of Government of Pakistan taking stock of the situation passed, “Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2012” to prevent violence against the vulnerable person including children.
How can violence against children be prevented?
As per World Health Organisation (WHO), violence involving children in community settings can be prevented through:
- pre-school enrichment programmes to give young children an educational head start;
- life skills training;
- assisting high-risk adolescents to complete schooling;
Let’s pledge to protect our future generation from all form of injustice and empower them with education.
Do you know? It’s only takes Rs. 833 (USD 9) per month to educate a child! Take an action and please Donate.