In partnership with UNICEF Pakistan, MAGENTA conducted a nationally representative study that documented violence against children in Pakistan. The research team explored adult’s and children’s knowledge, attitudes, and practices around four thematic areas: violent discipline, child labour, child marriage and birth registration.

In Pakistan, violence against children is widespread and socially acceptable in a number of forms. Despite some progress in existing legal frameworks, the incidences of violent discipline, child labour, child marriage, and birth registration are still concerning.

This study was conducted over the course of 21 months and is one of the few studies in Pakistan that collects baseline data not on only the incidence of violence against children, but also on the ways that children and adults understand and discuss such violence.

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