Honour for human rights Pak activist
KARACHI, April 08,2005: Zia Ahmed Awan, the President of Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) has become the first Pakistani, elected as the board member for Asia-Pacific Region of Child Helpline International (CHI), a 57 countries global body of child helplines.
He was elected for this coveted 11-member board membership recently during annual meeting of the CHI at Amsterdam. He will also serve for two years as the Coordinator for Asia-Pacific Region. The CHI is a global body of 66 child helplines.
In Pakistan, Madadgaar, the country’s first child helpline is it’s only member. The Madadgaar is a joint project of the LHRLA and UNICEF.
Zia Ahmed Awan has also the honour of being first Pakistani member of the Coordination for Action Research on Aids Mobility-Asia (Caram-Asia), a 12 countries body. The LHRLA President, while commenting on his election as CHI Asia-Pacific Region member on his return from Amsterdam after attending the CHI second international consultation said that it was not only a great milestone for him, but was also an honour for the country.
He said that it was also reorganisation on international forums of the services rendered by the LHRLA and Madadgaar for the rights of children and women.
He said that he would redouble his efforts to discharge his responsibilities and work for developing strong linkages among helplines in the Asia Pacific Region and creating a viable mechanism for supporting new stakeholders to encourage child rights movements and establish helplines for safeguarding child rights in their countries.
Source: The Nation