Published Date: Nov 8, 2012
SDPI TO HOLD SEMINAR MISSING CHILDREN; A WAKEUP CALL FOR SOCIETY TODAY
The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and ROSHNI will hold a seminar Missing Children;A Wakeup Call for Society today Thursday.
Dr Moeed Pirzada, Director World Affairs, PTV would chair the seminar. The speakers of the seminar included, Mr Hussain Asghar, Director FIA, Former IG, Gilgit Baltistan, Mr Abu Bakar Waqar, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Islamabad, Mr Fazal Noor, Urban Specialist, UN Habitat Pakistan and Country Representative, Ashoka Foundation USA, Mr Mumammad Ali, President, Roshni Helpline. A 10 minute documentary on the subject Wu Ju Kho Gai would also be screened on the occasion.
According to a press release the issue of missing children is least acknowledged in Pakistan owing to the lack of understanding and information about the issue. The convention on Rights of the Child (CRC) outlines the fundamental rights of children, including the right to be protected from economic exploitation and bonded labor and physical or mental torture as well as ensures that children will not be separated from their family against their will.
Another major factor behind the missing of children is lack of awareness of parents as how to deal with children especially the disabled ones. Majority of children leave their homes because of financial constraints of the family, or physical, sexual and emotional violence at home or in schools/ Madrassas.