Sahil launched Cruel Number 2015 and presented awards against volunteer work
Islamabad, 22nd March, 2016: Sahil held its Child Friendly Newspaper, Best Volunteer Award and launch of Cruel Numbers 2015, here on Tuesday in Serena Hotel Islamabad. Sahil awarded Child Friendly Newspaper Award and Best Volunteer Award, 2015 to nominees from all over the country.
The award for child friendly newspaper was presented in three categories, i.e. National, Regional and Local newspaper. The award for the best volunteer and 3 special mention awards for volunteers were also presented. The awards were presented to Daily Express, Islamabad, winner of the award in the national category, Daily Kawish Hyderabad winner of the award in regional category and Daily Sobh, Karachi winner of the award in local category.
On the occasion Sahil launched “Cruel Numbers 2015”, a research on child sexual abuse cases reported in newspapers during 2015. The purpose of the research is to provide fact and figures about child sexual abuse and its dynamics and to contribute to existing information on CSA in Pakistan.
Dr. Manizeh Bano, Executive Director Sahil, shared case studies to highlight that boys are also extremely vulnerable to being sexually abused. She also shared that session trials are extremely important in cases of CSA.
Mr. Hassan Mangi was the guest of honour of the event. He shaded light on the recent amendment in the Pakistan Penal Code. He highlighted “The Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2013” passed by the senate division clearly criminalizes pornography, neglect and cruelty to a child. It also has an increased penalty and punishment for the offenders. In addition he stated that according to this law the criminal age of an individual has been raised from 7 year to 10 years.
Ms. Allison Stewart, Counselor (Political and Commercial) Canadian High Commission was chief guest of the award ceremony and Mr. Hassan Mangi (Director General of Human Rights) was the guest of honor.
Thanking the participants Mr. Umer Kiani, Manager Operations said, the presence of all stakeholders here today is a proof of people’s commitment for the eradication of child abuse from the society.
Sahil has been working for the last 20 years on child protection especially against child sexual abuse. Its priority areas are awareness raising for prevention of child abuse including capacity building of primary and secondary schools teachers, organizations, community members, parents, police and lawyers.