Karachi, On 14th September 2023, the Department of Public Administration at the University of Karachi (UoK) hosted an enlightening seminar, “Standing Up to Child Labor and Domestic Violence,” conducted by final-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) students. The seminar addressed pressing concerns related to child labor and domestic violence, offering valuable insights and solutions.
The event featured two esteemed guest speakers:
Ali Sohaib, a distinguished human rights defender associated with multiple human rights watch forums, delivered a compelling presentation on harassment cases and the prevalence and impact of child labor in Pakistan. He emphasized the rising instances of violence against children’s rights and the abusive behavior of employers, leading to severe consequences for children engaged in child labor. Mr. Sohaib shared real-life cases, including the well-known Rizwana Tashadud case, illustrating the challenges faced and the urgent need for action.
Hadia Khalil, a lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at Sindh Madarsatul Islam, delved into the alarming rise in domestic violence cases. She passionately advocated for solutions to mitigate domestic violence, emphasizing the importance of self-reflection and correcting behaviors that perpetuate abuse. Ms. Khalil stressed the need to respect the rights and dignity of women, children, and workers, rather than treating them as possessions to do with as one pleases.
In summary, this seminar served as a platform to expose the vulnerabilities within our institutions and to raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of child labor and domestic violence on our society and future generations. The event underscored the urgent need for collective action to address these critical issues and create a safer, more equitable society for all.