ISLAMABAD: Member of the National Commission on the Rights of Children (NCRC), Khalid Naeem has underscored the need to adopt a comprehensive approach and more public awareness drives at the grassroots level to ensure joint efforts of all institutions for protecting child rights.
Talking to the state’s news channel on World Child Rights Day, Naeem said ensuring Children’s Rights Day was a particularly important day as Pakistan had a unique opportunity where the youth could truly determine the country’s future, adding, that all social organizations should jointly work towards developing synergies to create a Pakistan where all children grow up in a safe and violence-free environment.
He emphasised the societal responsibility for ensuring education, healthcare, equal rights, safety, and security for all children. World Child Day, he noted, draws attention to the challenges faced by children and advocates for their empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
Addressing the issue of child labour and trafficking, Naeem expressed the NCRC’s commitment to leveraging collective expertise to address multifaceted challenges. He firmly asserted that protecting children’s rights is a shared responsibility to build a safer and more just society.
World Children’s Day, initially established as Universal Children’s Day in 1954, serves as an inspirational platform to advocate, promote, and celebrate children’s rights. Naeem urged parliamentarians to actively participate in the welfare and well-being of children, emphasizing the need for international togetherness and awareness to improve children’s welfare globally.
He further acknowledged the various ceremonies held by governments, non-governmental organizations, and communities to underscore the unique needs of children and work towards protecting their rights. Overall, World Children’s Day serves as a catalyst for dialogues and actions aimed at building a better world for children. —APP