What we do
The two areas in which the CRU focuses its work on protection from abuse and exploitation are:
The Child Rights Unit concentrates its efforts in giving visibility to the existence of child labour in the formal and informal sectors and advocating measures for its elimination. Activities in this area largely use fact-finding, advocacy and research to promote children’s right to protection against exploitation and abuse that accompany the practice of child labour.
The issue of child abuse is a serious concern in Pakistan. However, it has seldom been the subject of public debate because of social denial of practices that are prevalent but not acknowledged. Several NGOs have taken up the issue, but there is still a lack of a concerted and more coherent strategy to deal with the issue. Advocacy remains weak, research on the issue is limited because of the invisibility of victims and monitoring of the conditions that result in abuse, particularly in the domestic sphere, is largely hampered because of the tendency to resist such efforts, as these are perceived as interference and intrusion in the private domain.
Abuse of the girl child, of children in the work place including domestic workers, corporal punishment in educational institutions are some of the areas in which the Child Rights Unit carries out campaigns and conducts fact finding as well as make legal and other interventions for the protection of children.
Responsibility of the state in the elimination of practices that result in abuse and exploitation of children is emphasized through workshops, fact finding reports on incidents of child abuse, training and consultation with relevant authorities and the provincial and national legislatures.