Zia A. Awan

Regional Representative for Asia Pacific

I was inspired to become a board member of Child Helpline International because as the organisation is expanding and more new helplines joining our network I want to connect with these new helplines, help them grow and also learn from them.

My primary goal as Regional Representative of Asia & Pacific and board member of Child Helpline International is to strengthen Child Helpline International.

Zia Ahmed Awan is a seasoned lawyer of Supreme Court of Pakistan and a dedicated freedom and human rights activist. He has been an elected member of Pakistan Bar Council for 5 years and Sindh Bar Council for 20 years (4 terms). His personal impact on human rights in Pakistan is immense as he has been part of several legislations and landmark legal decisions. He started many initiatives for women, children and youth rights. Zia developed a network of like-minded organisations lobbying for policy reforms. Currently he is working with the government for the implementation of juvenile justice ordinance, International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against women (CEDAW). He is also the president of the Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA), and founder of Madadgaar, the first national child helpline center which started as a joint venture between LHRLA and UNICEF, currently partnering with Plan International. LHRLA provides legal and counseling services to women in prison. A few of the projects of Zia include supporting refugees, betterment of migrant community, providing support to working women, trafficking, and missing and exploited children.