Sindh is hub of agro-industrial economy. Children form a low cost labor force to cater human resource needs, depriving children from their fundamental rights. There is lack of protective/preventive legislation in Sindh. DevCon being right based organization recognizes children rights at the core of organizational ethos. Organization acknowledges right-based advocacy instrumental for raising awareness about children rights and pushing legislation bodies for protective legislation. To compliment this objective, organization pursues comprehensive community mobilization approach, forming civil society networks and building their capacity on child rights to enhance outreach of child rights monitoring across Sindh.
Key Features and Achievements
In 2010, DevCon in partnership with Save the Children is implementing Children’s Action against Oppression & Neglect project which is an integrated child rights programme comprising of protection, education, economic empowerment of women and families and preventive health. The interventions aim at improving the lives of all children in project communities, particular emphasis on children who work in the cotton industry in Sanghar District.
Community Organization and Mobilization.
Sensitizing communities on child rights and child protection and establishing and strengthening community structures in two districts of Sindh such as Sanghar and Shaheed Benazirabad. Six CBOs have been formed through democratic process and capacitated in order make them a voice for their children’s rights. The community organization and mobilization process is on-going in new communities.
Established Child Protection Unit
Under this programme DevCon has established Child Protection System, a referral mechanism, with the support of Community and Government line Departments such as Social Welfare, Police, Judiciary, Health and Education. Thousands of children had been benefited from Child Protection Unit and it is successfully working after phasing out of DevCon.
Capacity Building of Key Stakeholders on Child Rights & Protection
DevCon organized number of the trainings to build the capacity of all service delivery government agencies i.e Police, Judiciary, Health, Education, Zakat, Social Welfare, Nadra, Baitul Mal, Labor Department on children related laws in Sindh, International Children Convention i.e UN CRC, its concluding observations and recommendations.
Developed Interagency Protocols
With regard to child protection, participation and case referral, DevCon has introduced Inter Agency Protocols for smooth working among GALs/CSOs with respect to the functioning of Child Protection Unit.
Formation of Child Rights Advocacy Network (District)
In order to increase the outreach of Child Protection Programme in District Sanghar and ensure its sustainability, DevCon has facilitated the formation of Child Rights Advocacy Network (CRAN) comprised registered civil society organizations. DevCon is building the capacity of CRAN network on CRC, CRP and reporting etc. This network serves as vigilante in district to raise voice for children rights, violations etc at different forums. The Network is active and functioning as per its mandate after exit of DevCon from project.
Child Rights Movement in Sindh-DevCon holds Its elected Secretariat
DevCon become member Child Rights Movement Sindh in 2012 and actively participated in advocacy and policy level intervention of CRM for protection and promotion of rights of child. Keeping in view child protection portfolio of organization in Sindh, DevCon decided to contest election of CRM Sindh and got elected with heavy majority. There are 43 CSO member of CRM across Sindh Province indicating networking and linkages strength of organization.
CRM Sindh Secretariat is active and vigilant to advocate the implementation of UNCRC concluding observations, recommendation and UPR Recommendation at Policy level.
DevCon’s Role in Child Rights Legislation
DevCon on the platform of Child Rights Movement in collaboration with Alliance Against Child Marriages lobbied with parliamentarian, Sindh government and played an active role for enactment of Sindh Child Marriage Restrained Bill 2013.
Ongoing Engagements, Legislation.
DevCon is working on implementation of SCMR Act 2014 and enactment of Sindh Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill 2011. Sindh Prohibition of Children Employment Bill 2012 and notification of Sindh Child Protection Authority Act.
DevCon is also working with leading training institute such as Sindh Judicial Academy and Saeedabad Police Academy Karachi, where we have jointly organized number of the trainings to build capacity of senior government officials, judiciary and Police on Protection and Promotion of Child Rights.
CHILD PROTECTION PROJECTS
Global Hand Washing Day Celebration
Global Hand washing day is a way to support a global and local culture of hand washing with soap and raise awareness about the benefits of hand washing with soap. Since 2010, Global Hand washing Day has been celebrated annually on October 15 by DevCon to promote healthy practice in school aged children (School going and out of School), teachers and families.
Washing Save Lives
Millions of children under the age of 5 years die from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top two killers of young children around the world.
Hand washing is not only simple and inexpensive, but remarkably, hand washing with soap can dramatically cut the number of young children who get sick.
Hand washing with soap could prevent about 1 out of every 3 episodes of diarrheal illnesses and almost 1 out of 6 episodes of respiratory infection like pneumonia.