In article 1 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC): “every human being below the age of 18 years unless, under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier.” The definition of violence is that of article 19 of the CRC: “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury and abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse.” It also draws on the definition in the World Report on Violence and Health (2002): “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against a child, by an individual or group, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity.”
Seeing children dying every day in every news bulletin,over social media and on the front page of daily newspaper ,and then you see those doubtful eyes of little angels as like they are inquiring : Am I secure ?protected?
A Moment of silence ! I asked from myself :how long these questions will remain unanswered ?How can I answer these questions without inquesting for its solution .That day my sister and I with the help of priceless suggestions given by friends and fellows ,came up with an idea to begin this inquest to shatter this apologetic silence .
This is how CAAP (Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention ) campaign emerged out with the aim to spread awareness ,to make a way towards enlightenment .because I know that we need a constant solution to combat violence against children. The routine violence kids experience, in their homes and families and also in schools, other institutions , in places of work, and in their communities. Violence against children exists everywhere and cuts across boundaries of culture, class, education, income, ethnic origin and age.
It demands every individual’s role and responsibility to stand against violence .Im also aware of the fact that we cannot remove this evil from our society but at least we can stop it from penetrating deep down the roots ,at least we can replace it with goodness through a purposeful cause ,giving the kids a sense of security and a holdback. I believe that it is not necessary to have a proper channel or a platform to convert your ideas into reality or to wait for a miracle to make things happen .you have to get out of your comfort zone .and At the end ,all you need is to believe in yourself .
What a warm and delightful morning it was on 6th of March, 2018 ,when we entered GGHSS (Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School) with strong footsteps and a hopeful vision in our minds ,that our little effort is going to save lives ,our cause is going to make a contribution in bringing up a positive change, by awakening little souls about their rights and to make them feel protected in their surrounding .
When I looked at these Innocent kids ,I saw reflection of my childhood in their intensifying dreamy eyes ,in their abrupt giggles and laughters.
our CAAP campaign is a small effort to awaken little souls . CAAP team delivered lecture on basic awareness and training regarding child abuse with the help of visuals and animated clips.We will continue our struggle to spread awareness ,to raise voice for children through CAAP campaign.
Presently in Pakistan ,there are many Non Profit Organisations working for Children’s rights with special focus on Child abuse prevention.Among these are UNICEF “SAHIL”,KONPAL, PAHCHAAN ,AAHUNG, ROZAN .Despite of constant struggles of these organisations ,many unlistened voices are still waiting for full recognition of respect for their human dignity and physical integrity, and for adequate investment in actions to prevent all forms of violence against them.
Governments need to accept that this is indeed an emergency, although it is not a new emergency. Children have suffered violence at the hands of adults unseen and unheard for centuries.But now that the scale and impact of violence against children is becoming visible, they cannot be kept waiting any longer for the effective protection to which they have an unqualified right.-UN report on voilence against children.
The prevention of violence against children requires cooperation and collaboration among many partners.(govt, institutes, communities) In effect, preventing and responding to violence against children should be everybody’s business.
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