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Plan International Hong Kong has conducted the first-ever Situation Analysis Research on Child Safeguarding Policy (CSP) in the sports sector. With 20 proposed child safeguarding policy standards developed with comprehensive literature review, this study attempts to benchmark the implementation of child safeguarding policy in local sports organisations against the global standards. It also aims at analysing the factors influencing the level of CSP implementation, including the understanding on child abuse, attitudes towards CSP and if any barriers exist which affect the level of CSP implementation.
Plan International Hong Kong funded and supported the research study ‘Dreams of Pakistani Children’, the findings of which were recently launched by The Zubin Foundation and Puja Kapai, Associate Professor of Law in the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong.
At the initial launch, the report was presented to Dr. Law Chi-kwong, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare and has served as the basis for discussion with relevant stakeholders.
As the research findings show, practices, expectations and experiences of a sample of Pakistani girls in Hong Kong is indicative of challenges to their equal rights to education, their developmental rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the realisation of their full potential towards a life they aspire to lead. The findings confirmed that early engagement is seen prevalent among Pakistani girls in Hong Kong, which sets them on course towards a trajectory where they are expected to abandon their dreams to study or work in later years of their life and work towards the fulfillment of their family’s expectations for their marriage and building a suitable home life.
The research findings provide detailed insights into different contexts and factors which constrain the dreams and aspirations of Pakistani girls in Hong Kong at different stages of their lives. In particular, the research highlights key areas for support with the provision of opportunities and incentives for all related Hong Kong stakeholders to address the gendered impact of the operative norms and structures on Pakistani girls. By identifying a multi-disciplinary approach, the prospects for equality of access to education and other forms of empowerment of Pakistani girls can be enhanced.