Islamabad – The second Board Meeting of the National Commission on the Rights of Child was held today at its secretariat in Islamabad. The agenda of the meeting was to review the progress made by the Commission since its establishment in February 2020. The Board Meeting was presided by Ms. Afshan Tehseen, the Chairperson of NCRC. All the five member and two Child Members were also part of the meeting.
The meeting was attended with full quorum by the ex-officio Board Members including Muhammad Hassan Mangi, DG(IC), Ministry of Human Rights, Ms. Fouzia Massom, Director Operations Sindh Child Protection Authority, Social Welfare Department; Mr. Qazi Saleem, Director Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Salman Shah, Director Program NCSW, Mr. Ijaz Khan, Deputy Chief Child Protection & Welfare Authority KP; Mr. Muhammad Arshad, DG Ministry of Human Rights, Ms Marzia, Additional Secretary Social Welfare Department, Balcohistan. Ms. Sara Ahmad, Chairperson Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Punjab also attended the meeting via online link.
The Chairperson shared the Commission’s activities, progress, challenges and way forward. The Commission endorsed the key decisions taken by the NCRC during the quarter and the previous minutes of the Board Meeting held in June 2020 were unanimously approved.
The Board Members lauded the efforts of the National Commission on the Rights of Child and its progress on Child Rights and Awareness Initiatives. As a way forward, Chairperson discussed on how different Governmental departments and respective national and provincial Human Rights institutions can join hands to support NCRC in highlighting and resolving the issues of Child Rights in the country.
Chairperson further reiterated her resolve to make the Commission one of the swiftly working bodies in Pakistan. She emphasized that children of today are the future of tomorrow and a national commitment is necessary to ensure safeguard their rights.
The Chairperson NCRC called upon all the stakeholders to put children on the top most priority for protecting their rights being almost half of the country’s population. This can only be achieved when children will be given priority in the national plan of action through provision of adequate budget and its proper utilization through providing functional and efficient child protection systems at the grass roots level.
About NCRC: The Federal Government has constituted the National Commission on the Rights of Child in exercise of powers conferred by Section 3(1) of the National Commission on the Rights of Child Act, 2017 (XXXII of 2017) under a notification issued on February 28, 2020. The Commission has an overarching mandate in accordance with international obligations and for matters related to the promotion, protection and fulfillment of child rights as enshrined in the NCRC Act 2017.