Pakistan: CPMS Contextualization Workshop
From 18-20 November, a UNICEF-supported Child Protection Minimum Standards contextualization workshop was held in Pakistan. Pakistan has a devolved disaster management system, with national, provincial and district authorities. The workshop focused on the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, where the child protection sub-Cluster is active due to the prevailing complex emergency situation. 8 standards were selected for contextualization, and participants recognized the need to contextualize other standards in the near future. Local government representatives have announced plans to endorse the contextualized standards in due course.
Pakistan is proud to be the first South Asian country to begin the CPMS contextualization process. The child protection sub-Cluster aims to build on government and local capacities, adjust for cultural sensitivities, discuss the functioning of child protection in humanitarian settings within the context of the overall national child protection system, and to prioritize actions by examining existing structures, gaps and challenges.