Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC)

Pakistan

Email: info@sparcpk.org; pd1@sparcpk.org

Website: http://www.sparcpk.org

Tel: +92-51 229 1553/ 9, +92-333 566 9068 Fax: +92-51 229 1680

Contact person:
Asiya Arif

About:

SPARC was established in 1992 to promote and protect child rights all over Pakistan. It was a pioneer organisation in the field of child rights and in raising related issues that were previously not part of the national debate. It undertakes in-depth research in this area; has published several books and brochures; drafted many laws, some of which have been adopted; and lobbies and advocates the rights of children, without discrimination. SPARC has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). It is also certified by the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP).

SPARC works all over Pakistan, except for Balochistan due to security concerns. It currently has offices in Karachi, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Abbottabad, Haripur, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Multan.

Main lines of work:

SPARC is concerned with all areas of child rights. However, it has developed an expertise in addressing issues, such as: child labour; bonded labour; juvenile justice; education; and violence against children, especially corporal punishment. It has twice presented alternative reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in relation to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and strongly advocates for its complete adoption in Pakistan. SPARC believes that Pakistan cannot progress unless the plight of the girl child is improved, and thus works in all avenues affecting girls. SPARC has its own Training Center and has imparted training to thousands of Government officials, media and non-governmental organisation personnel. SPARC has also established Centres for Street Children in Hyderabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Sikandarabad and Peshawar.

Address:

Post Office Box 301, F -8, Islamabad, Pakistan