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February 24, 2021

Unicef offers cooperation for child protection

Peshawar

February 24, 2021

LAHORE: Unicef has extended an offer to cooperate with Punjab province in the field of child protection.

This offer was made during a meeting held between Minister for Social Welfare Syed Yawar Abbas Bukhari and Unicef’s deputy representative to Pakistan Dr Tajudeen Oyewale here on Monday. Secretary Social Welfare & Baitul Mal Hassan Iqbal, Director Irfan Gondal and chief of field (Unicef) Punjab Will Broad Ngembi were also present during the meeting.

The participants took stock of proposed reforms relating to legislation about child protection in Punjab, social support in the wake of COVID-19, early marriages and issues related to birth registration.

Yawar Bukhari emphasised improvements in child protection laws and maintained that it will be better if one department deals with the child protection issue and the social welfare department should lead in this matter. The minister urged that early marriages should be discouraged as it could lead to some sort of social complications.

Secretary Social Welfare Hassan Iqbal recommended that all stakeholders should be taken in the loop before the final decision. The birth registration issue needs more focus in the current situation, he added. Dr Tajudeen expressed his satisfaction over initiatives regarding child protection adding that Unicef was determined to expand collaboration with the Punjab government. Will Broad urged that the menace of child labour should be discouraged more broadly and added that more steps are required to be taken to achieve the target.