Role of media in sensitizing, raising awareness against child abuse discussed
The department of communication and media studies organized a seminar under the theme ‘Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse’ to protect children from sexual harm.
The awareness seminar was a huge effort by the students of Communication and Media Studies Department to raise awareness on the subject and what we can do as a community to help in such situations.
The speakers on the occasions highlighted the impact of abuse on the children and the role teachers can play in sensitizing and raising awareness on self-protection.
“Protection and monitoring are essential tools for positive growth of children. Teaching children on how to protect themselves in different situations helps in empowering and make them responsible individuals”, said Ali Sherazi, a social activist and president of Shirazi Welfare Foundation.
“All children have the right to protection. They have the right to survive, to be safe, to belong, to be heard, to receive adequate care and to grow up in a protective environment”, said Ali Abid Naqvi, who is District Officer Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Rawalpindi.
Noman Yaser, In-charge department of communication and media studies said that media can play a vital role in fostering coordination with the government and the civil society to create widespread awareness. In this regard, the electronic, print and social media can play a positive role regarding child protection and safety measures. He emphasized that now it is the time to come forward and break the silence and take practical steps to make Pakistan a safe secure and protected place for the children.
The seminar was attended by the dean faculty of arts and humanities Dr Nawaz Mehsud, In-charge department of communication and media studies, Noman Yaser along with faculty members and number of students.