16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Pakistan / 25 nov 2018 - 10 dec 2018

Like the global initiative to celebrate 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, Aghaz Social Welfare Association of Pakistan intends to celebrate the 16 days in Pakistan focusing the Hyderabad division of Sindh Pakistan. There are 7 districts including Thatta, Sujawal, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Matiari , Jamshoro and Dadu. The activisim will attract the population of some 5 Million people living in these villages.

It is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world and especially in the province of Sindh Pakistan. Sindh is a province with At present, only 46% of adult females are literate compared to 70% of males in Sindh. In rural areas, there is a huge disparity between female and male literacy rate — 20% and 54%, respectively. Urban areas are however slightly at a better position with 68% females and 82% males.

Honour Killing, locally known as ‘karo kari’ is an act of murder due to the belief that the victim has brought dishonour upon the family. In Sindh, the gender based violence, is on a rise. Often women are killed in the name of a ‘karo kari’ which is believed to restore honour and reputation of a family.

THE 2016 Global Gender Gap Report ranked Pakistan as the second worst country in the world for gender equality.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s annual report states that violence against women is the most common rights violation. Harmful customary practices; domestic, sexual, psychological and economic violence; and violence against women in the political arena are the main categories of ‘violence against women’ as framed by the National Commission on the Status of Women in 2015.

Sindh provice has already framed and approved law called Domestic Violence Act (DVA), 2013 but no body knows about this.

Hence, the organization intends to celebrate this activism to create awareness of masses to address the GBV issues at the local level and discuss policy level issues like enactment of Domestic Violence Act (DVA), 2013 with govt of Sindh Pakistan.

Following will be theme for every day.

25 Nov: Media engagement at all the districts, half day with Media
26 Nov: Forum with men at all the districts at community level, social media and other tools
27 Nov: Events with Govt officers at the province, district and community level to discuss GBV
28 Nov: Debates in Schools at the district, tehsil and community level.

29 Nov: Nelson Mandela WALK in the major Universities, colleges to attract the students to understand GBV.
30 Nov: Events with Religious leaders to highlight the GBV issues in their religious discussions with community to combat GBV
1 Dec: Celebration of World AIDS day at all levels
2 Dec: Round table discussion with People with
Disabilities at all districts
3 Dec: Press conferences by all civil societies at district level to highlight GBV issues.
4 Dec: Broad based community meetings with men and women to highlight GBV issues
5 Dec: Release news on Facebook, Twitter and messages throughout cell phones related to GBV
6 Dec: Campaign day for women Computerized National ID cards in all districts.
7 Dec: Dialogues with Women Development Department at Provincial level for enactment of GBV law
8 Dec: Display of GBV images in all the shopping malls of Sindh to attract audience to understand the issue
9 Dec: Multi stakeholder roundtable followed by
Dinner at Hyderabad Sindh
10 Dec: International human rights day celebrated at all districts and announce the end of 16 days

Implementation methodology
MoU will be signed with the civil society organisations to agree on timeliness and financial allocations. A task secretariat has been established at Hyderabad