Karachi, August 17, 2016 (PPI-OT):Provincial Minister for Social Welfare / Chairperson of Sindh Child Protection Authority Shamim Mumtaz underlined the need to speed up the process of framing rules of Sindh Child Protection Authority to functionalize it as soon as possible. She said this while presiding over 3rd meeting of Sindh Child Protection Authority at her office.
Members of SCPA including Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh for Women Development Erum Khalid, Secretary Social Welfare Shariq Ahmed, Sarah Colemen Chief Child Protection UNICEF, Jabeen Fatima Child Protection Specialist UNICEF, Ms. Sheeza Ahmed, Sidrah Jameel Legal Counsel, Zia Ahmed of Madadgar Helpline, Naeem Chandio M and E Officer Plan International Pakistan, Anjum Mehmood advocate, Syed Mohsin Ali Shah Additional Secretary Home, Altaf-ur-Rahman, Deputy Secretary Law and other attended the meeting.
On the occasion, Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Shamim Mumtaz said that it was long pending issue adding that process of formulating rules for the authority should be completed within 15 days and presented in next meeting for approval. She informed that Sindh Child Protection Authority Act was passed by provincial assembly of Sindh to ensure the rights of the children who are in need of special protection/ attention.
She said that children were the soft target and vulnerable segment of society adding that it was responsibility of government as well civil society to protect them from physical and psychological violence, sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, worst form of child labour and beggary, human trafficking within and outside Pakistan, misuse for drug trafficking. She said that while formulating rules ambiguities and confusion should be removed to ensure the clarity.
Ms. Sarah Coleman Chief Child Protection UNICEF suggested that Authority should be advisory, monitoring and oversight body where as service delivery should rest with social welfare department. Ms. Sarah quoted the examples of Punjab and KPK provinces and added that child protection authorities had failed to achieve set goals in both the provinces. She said Balochistan had done better in this regard.
Earlier Sidrah Jameel, Legal Counsel gave detailed briefing on the progress of formulating rules for authority. It was decided with consensus to convene next meeting of the authority on 29th August to finalize the rules.
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