16 days of Activism on Violence Against Women
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Centre for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.
It commences from November 25- International Day to end Violence against Women and goes till December 10-International Human Rights Day. These dates were chosen by the participants of the Women’s Global Leadership Institute to symbolically link violence against women as a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
Every year the campaign is carried out at international, national and regional forums by individual and groups to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:
• raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
• strengthening local work around violence against women • establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
• providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
• demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
• creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women
Khair un nass Tanzeem organized Two events under the 16 Days of Activism Campaign from 25th November till 10th December 2020 with the support of Men Engaged Alliance secretariat Pakistan Shirakat partnership for development. The overall agenda of the campaign was to create awareness about gender-based violence, provide forum for sharing of insights from other organizations and individuals, engagement of Govt official and youth and CSOs to advocate for elimination of gender-based violence. Where ending GBV remained the broader theme, the Campaign focused on Prevention of GBV
• Targeted outcomes:
• The aim of keeping a specific theme was to set up priorities and focus for the Campaign in order to achieve effective outcomes. The Campaign created awareness about GBV. Participants including youth, journalists, CSO members, activists, Govt official and the public in large was made aware of the Gender Base Violence.
• Secondly, Govt official who were part of the Campaign were also involved and strategies to advocate for gender Base Violence.
• .Thirdly, the Campaign provided forum where organizations working for GBV came together and strategized efforts for advocacy of Gender Base Violence. This also helped to strengthen the local networks.
Activity 1: International Human Rights Day
Date: 10th December, 2020
Venue: Sanat zar social welfare Jhelum
Highlights from International human Rights Days
Objective: Engaging policy makers, planners and youth as well as CSOs to review situation of Human Rights in Pakistan
Detail of activity:
The event was attended by around 50 participants (25 women, 3 transgender and 22 males). The deputy commissioner Jhelum, Rao Pervaiz Akhtar, was the guest of this seminar. The ceremony was attended by Miss shahida shah, Amjad gondal advocate, shazia Nayyar advocate, Miss Msomina, Miss Rasheeda Aziz, Inam ul haq young change maker other guests. District attorney Muhammad Khalid Rana, deputy director social welfare chaudhry wajid hussain and incharge Darul Aman Tyyaba Nasir addressed the audience. The seminar gave an opportunity to all institutions and people of different societies to discuss human rights. Ms. Misbah Maqdoom advocate discussed historical status and aspects and presented to participants 30 articles of UN chartered of human rights.
Dc Jhelum Rao Pervaiz Akhtar has said that international human rights day reminds us of the rights of all human beings that Allah has given to everyone alike. In the declaration of human rights, all human beings are equal and everyone has the right to live on the level of equality. As our dear prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said. District deputy Attorney Rana Muhammad Khalid explains the most important human rights articles in the Constitution of Pakistan. He said that the Constitution giving everyone rights and freedoms of expression. Pakistan is an Islamic State and according to Islamic law, everyone has the right to live express religious freedom and most importantly economic freedom. Madam semi Siddique who was presenting the Transgender community also expressed in front of the participants. She said it's the very first time I felt that I am human before that we were treated badly. I would like to thanks the government khair un nass Tanzeem who allow us to speak about rights. She also explained that in the pandemic of coronavirus we didn't have enough food but khair un nass Tanzeem and the social welfare department provided us food.
Activity 2: Prevention of GBV
Date: 12th December, 2020.
Venue: Al falah Community Hall machine mohallah jhelum Highlights from the Seminar:
Objective: Engaging local community youth civil societies for awareness of GBV and gender Rights
Details of the activity:
Projection of the 16 days activism (Inam Ul Haq ) Youth activist Legal perspectives of the GBV (Adv . Women rights Acitist )Islamic perspective of the GBV (Mrs Shahaida Shah ) women rights worker Transgender Leader (Lubna lal)
The above speakers have highlighted the issue and emphasized that GBV mitigated only by giving them power to decide to educated and warns them of their rights All the speakers defined the different perspectives of the GBV .
Mr inam Ul haq highlighted the theme of 16 days of activism and emphasized that youth motivation awareness and positivity can play their roles to mitigate the women GBV . The Transgender leader Lubna LAL also threw light on the GBV that they suffer from in the society . All the audience played their part to highlight the theme .
Printing of promotional materiel:
Moreover, customized key chains were distributed to the participants of the seminar
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