Child agony

OURS is a flawed social order. Callous and classist, it is numb to the plague of child labour and abuse, which is rampant despite a surfeit of laws. Little Rizwana`s is the most recent case; mounting uproar has forced the authorities to constitute a JIT to investigate the torture perpetrated on the 13-year-old domestic worker. An Islamabad DIG Operations will lead a team of four officers from ISI, IB and the police. Moreover, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights has demanded that the law ministry begin the process to remove the judge, who had employed her, from service.

Domestic labour is classified as informal work, or as `invisible workers`. Even laws such as The Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection Bill, 2017, that underlines care and protection of children from neglect, violence, abuse and exploitation, fail to secure rights or regulate checks on the provision of minimum wage, a wholesome environment and security. We must remember that child domestic work is internationally viewed as `modern slavery`. In 2001, Pakistan ratified the ILO`s `Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention`. The organisation identifies child domestic work as the basest form of labour. Admittedly, this `invisible` susceptibility is in proportion with its causes poverty, lack of education, poor rule of law and absence of social welfare mechanisms so the lure of money forces indigent parents to send children as cheap labour. It is time the government updated data of child workers to alleviate their situation with incentivised schooling and vocational training.

On the other end, the leadership`s failure to establish protection units for women and children speaks volumes for its apathy towards the young and their lost childhood. Therefore, the JIT has to ensure a failsafe end and set a firm precedent. Our human rights profile cannot be redeemed without a cultural shift: break feudal mindsets that demean so that laws are effective.

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CORNER MEETINGS 15th January -15th February 2020

 Theme : Awareness how to safe ours child from  abuse 

Sexual exploitation of children due to their vulnerable position is not a novel concept. It is estimated that seven children are abused daily in Pakistan.  In an attempt to combat such evil our organization had arranged corner meetings with community women The purpose of workshops was to inculcate awareness about the issue. These corner meetings were held at our 15 community centers and  450 women attended these workshop. It is pertinent to mention here that most of the reported cases are of known person abusing a child. Therefore, the most important step is to sensitize a child about sexually offensive attitude whether it is initiated by a stranger or a near/distant family member. In case of any mishap the victim should not be blamed. Neither should they be burdened with “honour.” Government institutions in general, law enforcement agencies in particular in this regard need to play their due role. 

Australia Awards Executive Leadership Course | 21-27 July 2019

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Event:
Australia Awards Executive Leadership Course

Date:
21-27 July 2019

Venue:
Canberra,Australia

Organized By:
Australian National University

Participation By:
Advocate Alia Malik AGHS-Legal Aid Cell
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AGHS Legal Aid Cell and Pakistan Bar Council | 30th April 2019

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AGHS Legal Aid Cell and Pakistan Bar Council organised  a meeting  with parliamentarians and lawyers to discuss legal reforms needed to protect and promote the  fundamental rights  of citizens
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Training workshop on “Electoral Laws and Role of women in Election 2018” was conducted at AGHS Legal Aid Cell on 21st July 2018

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A training workshop was conducted with our community center supervisors and assistants on “Electoral Laws and role of Women in Election 2018”.on 21st July 2018.Noor Ejaz briefed the supervisors on importance of their roles as presiding officers and returning officers in the elections and filled Pre Poll forms with them to assess the current trends of voters and candidates.
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Meeting on 10 July, 2018 with AGHS Paralegal team

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Paralegals and Community Centers taking part in Tv Talk Shows on 14th August 2018.

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Aurelie Training on Gender Equality on February 7,2018

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Community Centers participation in WAF celebrations

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