• Department of Sociology, University of Chitral Participated in the Inaugural Ceremony of Child Protection Unit, Lower Chitral

    The Inaugural ceremony of the Child Protection Unit, Lower Chitral Was held on Monday, October 30, 2023. The purpose of the Child Protection Unit was to protect children from exploitation, abuse, and neglect and promote the well-being of Children across District Chitral. The speakers from UNICEF, the Provincial Child Protection Unit, and Deputy Commissioner Lower Chitral highlighted the importance of the issue and stressed that the protection of children is required for the future of society and it is our collective responsibility to work to create a safer environment for children that is conducive for the physical, social and psychological growth. They also shared the basic figures and facts related to the child protection issue and shed light on the efforts of the provincial government towards child protection in the province.

    Dr. Sana Ullah, HOD Sociology Department, University of Chitral explained the concept of child protection in detail. He said that children are our valuable resource and hope for the future and we should develop systems for connecting children and protecting them from abuse. In his speech, he also explained the role of the family in child protection and stressed that the family being a fundamental institution shall shoulder the responsibility of child protection and avoid child abuse, discrimination, neglect, and exploitation within the home. He also highlighted the role of the state in protecting children by implementing the existing national and international laws and said that civil society may focus on connecting children with the service delivery system and step forward to create awareness about the issue. At last, he asserted that it is our collective responsibility to work for the protection of children in this globalized world.

    At the end of the event ribbon-cutting ceremony was also held and the Child Protection Unit was formally inaugurated in the presence of Chief Guest Mr. Muhammad Farooq, Additional Secretary Social Welfare Department, Deputy Commissioner Lower Chitral, DPO Lower Chitral the worthy guests/participants