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3.3 million children are trapped in child labor in Pakistan
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3.3 million children are trapped in child labor in Pakistan

Jul 20, 2023

About 3.3 million of Pakistani [1]children are trapped in child labor, depriving them of their childhood, their health and education, and condemning them to a life of poverty and want. It was estimated that almost a quarter of women aged 20-49 were married before the age of 15, and 31% before eighteen years of age. Only 34% of children under five are registered at birth nationally. (PDHS) 2012-2013 Birth registration is a fundamental right of all children as legal proof of a child’s existence and identity. As an accurate record of age, it can help prevent child labor and child marriage, and protect children from being treated as adults by the justice system.The situation is further exacerbated by limited awareness and gender biased social norms within the context of frequent natural and human-made disasters. Government response is impeded by the significant dearth of official data relating to all forms of exploitation of children.

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