Memon invites effort for child protection

Staff Report
Sunday - January 28, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Benazir income support programme (BISP) chairperson Marvi Memon on Saturday said that her organisation being the custodian of 5.6 million families across the country and having a countrywide outreach through 450 offices and a vast network of 60,000 beneficiary committees, offers its platform to all the celebrities, organisations and institutions to work for the cause of child protection; an official statement said.

According to detail, she was addressing the countrywide launch of “BISP child protection campaign” which is being simultaneously launched in 40 districts across the country by BISP officials and parliamentarians who will advance the campaign in their constituencies.

During the event, BISP beneficiary women and children were sensitised through training on issues of child protection, children’s rights and ways to ensure security of children through video documentaries, information education communication (IEC) material, animated and illustrative messaging.

Different aspects of child protection, role of parents, teachers, leaders, government, responsible members of society, legal procedures regarding child protection were discussed.

The campaign highlighted different methods to inform children on various issues. Children were trained to undertake the strategy of “shout, run and inform the parents” in the situation of any kind of abuse.

Memon said that BISP on behalf of federal government has initiated this campaign for the safety of children and as the next step these trainings will be imparted to 60,000 BISP beneficiary committees across the country which will create mass level awareness.

She added that BISP has set up a hotline 0800-26477 as part of this campaign for receiving complaints of abuse against children and direct them to relevant agencies for actions.

BISP beneficiary mothers, children, members of parliament, academia, civil society, media, various international nongovernment organsiations (INGOs) and nongovernment organisations (NGOs) working on child protection like Sahil, united nations children fund (UNICEF), united nations (UN) women, Oxfam international and others participated in the campaign.

Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal in Narowal, Muhammad Ashraf in Sahiwal, Tahira Aurangzeb in Rawalpindi, Nighat Parveen in Jhelum, Asyia Naz Tanoli in Wah Cantt., Farhana Qamar and Zahra Wadood Fatemi in Islamabad, Shezra Mansib Ali Khan in Nankana Sahib, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon in Multan, Mahmood Bashir Virk in Gujranwala, Rasheed Ahmed Khan in Kasur, Naeema Kishwar Khan in Mardan, Tahira Bukhari in Peshawar, Babar Nawaz in Haripur and Sorath Thebo in Dadu launched BISP child protection campaign.