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Inaugural Ceremony

An inaugural ceremony was organized on 6th August 2009 and the Honorable   Ombudsman Mr. Asad Ashraf Malik formally inaugurated the CCO. UNICEF Chief Field Office Sindh Andro Shilakadze, implementing partners, NGOs and media personnel attended the ceremony. This event was covered by all the major news and TV channels. 
Ombudsman Sindh, Mr. Asad Ashraf Malik then gave his inaugural address. He also provided details of the agreement between UNICEF and POS. First and foremost he described the main task of the Ombudsman which is to ‘diagnose, investigate, redress and rectify any injustice to a person through maladministration by any government official or body’. He further elaborated on the rationale of the project of the CCO. Despite a large number of offenses against children, the number of complaints received by the Ombudsman office pertaining to them is far too small and it is well known that none of these are filed by children themselves. He indicated that few of us welcome accountability and the challenges are enormous. However with partnership of UNICEF, steps will be taken to increase awareness of the CRC among the government officers. He proudly mentioned the fact that Pakistan is one of the first signatories of the CRC. He brought the speech to a close with the hope that despite the immensity of the task, this initiative would bring quantum change.
After the end of the inaugural session, a workshop for introduction of CCO and capacity building for Regional Directors and other participants from different NGOs and implementing partners was held. There were Investigating Officers from the different regional offices of Ombudsman Sindh. There were representatives from UNICEF, Madadgar Helpline, TREE, IEARN, Azad Foundation and Family Planning Association of Pakistan who also participated in the workshop.



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