Group Development Pakistan

COVID-19

1. Following the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, GDP conducted two online competitions, 'Children and Youth Online Drawing Competition' and 'Healing Voices- Online Story Writing Competition,' to engage children and youth in healthy activities while in isolation. Participants consisted of 375 children and youth (213 girls and 162 boys) in Healing Voices and a total of 439 participants (338 girls and 101 boys) took part in the Online Drawing Competition. As part of GDP's child participatory approach, juries for both the competitions comprised men, women, children, and youth.

2. The #CovidUnder19 is the biggest child participatory survey globally to date, involving 137 countries, including Pakistan. The survey aimed to document children's experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. 4 children (2 boys, 2 girls) sensitized by GDP helped design and disseminate the survey. GDP targeted three different groups of children and youth and translated the survey from English to Urdu with children's help; more than 245 Pakistani children took part in this unprecedented exercise. We are looking forward to sharing the findings with you all soon!

 

3. GDP, with the involvement of children, produced short videos on the symptoms, prevention, and protection (using face masks, sanitizers, handwashing methods, and social distancing) for COVID-19 based on WHO guidelines. A total of 5 videos were filmed, with five boys and six girls featured in the videos.

Click on the link to view videos: https://tinyurl.com/y2q6hcgp

 

4. Awareness-raising sessions: GDP conducted 752 community sessions in ICT, Peshawar, and Lahore, following WHO's SOPs for COVID-19.Through these sessions, GDP sensitized a total of 4949 beneficiaries on COVID-19 prevention and protection. GDP field officers underlined the needto wear masks, wash hands, practice physical and social distancing, and use sanitizers. The participants consisted of 980 men, 1776 women, 677 boys, 1150 girls, and 366 non-binary adults.

 

5. As part of the Covid19 response, GDP launched a community-led Grievance, Complaint, Feedback, and Redressal Mechanism (GCFRM) for peer support. The target communities were able to engage with GDP through trained focal persons if there were any complaints, incidences of abuse, human rights violations to report, or if they had to ask for support in times of COVID-19. A total of 137 cases were reported; 49 missing children were retrieved, among which 35 were boys and 14 girls; 46 accused were arrested, and 40 First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered (for cases related to 16 boys and 23 girls.

6. Moreover, GDP launched an online victim support services directory in collaboration with the federal Ministry of Human Rights. To date, more than 17,000 people (73% male; 27% female) have visited the directory for acquiring information about referral services.

Click on the link to be redirected: https://victimservicedirectory.org/

7. As part of GDP’s awareness campaign to mitigate the pandemic spread, religious leaders made 219 announcements in mosques, 1in a temple, and 4 in churches in ICT and KP to emphasize risk of COVID-19 and advise people to wash their hands and practice social distancing.

POLICY BRIEFS

1. GDP has collaborated with Child Rights Coalition Asia (CRC Asia), Terre des Homes (TdH), and the office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur to the Secretary-General (UNSRSG) on Violence Against Children (VAC) to help develop a policy brief: The Impact of the COVID-19 on Children. Civil Society Organizations' (CSOs) concerns and recommendations -including GDP’s- were highlighted in this policy brief.

Click on this link to read the policy brief: https://tinyurl.com/y6pnm2tt

2. Along with this policy brief, a resource pack was produced by the office of the UNSRSG: COVID-19 and Child Protection Resource Pack to better understand the protection challenges children faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what solutions could be envisaged, especially child-participatory ones. The resource pack quoted several examples of promising practices executed under GDP’s projects and some evidence collected via those interventions.

Click on this link to read the resource pack: https://tinyurl.com/y6zqz3v2

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