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Achieving effective child protection interventions in humanitarian contexts
by Helen Kearney, Terre des hommes
Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
Mar. 2018
With unprecedented numbers of ongoing and emerging crises and conflicts, and the disproportionate burden they impose on children, it is incumbent upon us to take all measures to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children in humanitarian settings.
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (the Alliance) continues its journey, together with its partners, to support child protection practitioners who work tirelessly in humanitarian contexts to minimize risk and harm to girls and boys.
Through extensive consultation with local, national, regional and global humanitarian actors, the Alliance defined its strategic priorities for the period 2018-2020. These priorities were considered in developing the workplans of the Alliance’s technical working groups and task forces.
The three main priorities are: integrated programming, evidence-based programming and localization. The two secondary priorities are: prevention and the strengthening of child protection workforce capacity. These priorities will guide our work over the next three years with the hope of bringing us closer to our vision of a world in which children are protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence in humanitarian settings.
This document provides an overview of the strategic direction of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action for the period of 2018-020. The purpose of the document is to better define the Alliance’s added value to the sector and to position this inter-agency network in the context of the multitude of global actors that are working towards similar or complementary goals.
The core priorities outlined here are the result of an extensive consultation process with child protection actors at both field and global levels. The process began with an online survey in which data were collected from 161 respondents. The second phase was undertaken during the 2017 Annual Meeting for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action in Kampala, Uganda.
There, 159 child protection experts from local, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies and donors, along with academic partners and independent consultants, came together to exchange knowledge and share experiences. The recommendations from these two rounds of consultations were reviewed and endorsed by the Alliance’s Steering Committee.
Context, challenges and opportunities
Nearly 250 million children – 1 in 10 – live in areas affected by armed conflict; 50 million girls and boys are affected by disasters; and over half of the world’s refugees are children.
In 2016 alone, a peak of 65.6 million people had been forcibly displaced from their homes. Indeed, the past few years have seen a trend in population movements as a means to flee conflict and seek protection. Climate change is resulting in more severe and frequent natural disasters, which disproportionately impact children.
In line with the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 commitments, the Secretary-General’s Agenda for Humanity, and the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community, now more than ever, needs to “work together to meet needs, reduce vulnerabilities and manage crisis risks better.”
An emergency, whether caused by armed conflict or natural disaster, makes children extremely vulnerable to various types of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. Children are at risk of injury and disability, physical and sexual violence, psychosocial distress and mental disorders – even of losing their lives. They may become separated from their families, recruited into armed forces, and economically or sexually exploited.
In today’s environment, respecting the centrality of protection and abiding by the core responsibilities of the Agenda for Humanity are ever more relevant.
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Human Rights Commission of Pakistan saddened over the loss of co-founder Asma Jahangir
by UN News, HRCP, FIDH, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch
Lahore, 12 Feb. 2018
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) is devastated and shocked at the unexpected and sudden passing away of its co-founder Asma Jahangir: exemplary lawyer, human rights icon, pro-democracy champion, friend and mentor par excellence, and a brave comrade of the poor and the disadvantaged. She died yesterday due to cardiac arrest.
The human rights movement in Pakistan was founded and is defined by Asma Jahangir. She co-founded HRCP in 1986 to establish a highly informed and objective voice on a national level in the struggle for the provision of human rights for all and democratic development in Pakistan. Yet, HRCP had a voice and reach, both nationally and internationally mainly because of her. Asma Jahangir had served as Secretary-General and Chairperson of HRCP in the past. She was currently serving as HRCP’s Spokesperson and as the UN Special Rapporteur of Human Rights in Iran, among her numerous other significant appointments.
Asma Jahangir’s unique and outstanding contribution to the human rights discourse is acknowledged by friend and foe alike, nationally and globally. HRCP has not known a braver and more tireless human rights defender than Asma Jahangir. She will be missed, always and immensely, by all whose lives she touched.
12 February 2018
Statement by the Coordination Committee of UN Special Procedures on the loss of Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
It is with profound sadness and shock that we have learned about the sudden loss of our colleague and friend, Ms. Asma Jahangir. She was a prominent member of the Special Procedures system, having served as special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and special rapporteur on the freedom of religion or belief. Her last and current engagement was as special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Asma’s contribution to our system and the human rights cause as a whole has been a life-long endeavor. She has always demonstrated courage and determination with the ultimate goal of improving human rights around the world.
She will be remembered as an outstanding expert, as a courageous and tireless advocate for all human rights, and as an inspiring colleague. She was committed and passionate in her work, devoting her life to promoting democracy and to advancing women''s rights in not only her own country, but around the world. It was an honour and also a privilege to have known such a great person. We will miss Asma dearly. We extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Feb. 2018
The International Federation for Human Rights pays tribute to Asma Jahangir, a Pakistani lawyer and activist for human rights.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Asma Jahangir, a Pakistani lawyer and activist for human rights, on Sunday, 11 February 2018. FIDH shares the sorrow of her family, colleagues and friends of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and wishes to express our whole-hearted support.
Asma was a FIDH Vice President from 2010 to 2013. She was the incarnation of our movement and its values. For us she was a model of intellectuel refinement, bravery and courage that she used to serve the cause that we want to serve, namely the defence of human rights and democracy around the world.
Asma Jahangir was one of those people who stands up when faced with injustice, who rebels against inequality and resists indifference in order to make the world fairer.
Today, the human rights defence community mourns a great lady who will continue to be a source of motivations for us all and will inspire us to continue our fight.


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