May 18, 2017

News & Events

 

Expression of Interest

 White Ribbon Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

Leading to

Sixteen Days of Activism Campaign 

Background

 Women in Pakistan have always endured mistreatment and injustice in the guise of inhuman traditions. Unfortunately, nearly 80% are victims of domestic violence. Pakistan is the third most dangerous country for women and one of the six nations with an alarming rate of violation of women’s rights. Pakistan ranks 82 out of 93 countries in the Gender Empowerment Measure and stands 115 out of 140 countries in the Gender Inequality Index of 2011.

 White Ribbon Pakistan is Men’s Movement for Ending Violence Against Women. In a patriarchal setting like Pakistan, it aims to create awareness, particularly amongst men and boys and generally in the public at large, regarding injustice towards women and violation of women’s rights. The goal is establishment of a society where men and women live in harmony, with mutual respect and peace fulfilling each other’s rights with women feeling secure and unthreatened within or outside the family.

 Introduction

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls. The year 2017 marks 22 years of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive road map to gender equality. World leaders met in March at the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status of Women and in September at the 70th General Assembly to take stock of the progress made and commit to take action to close the gaps that are holding women and girls back.

For last many years White Ribbon is running a very extensive 16 Days Campaign. This year too we have some exciting plans together with National Commission on Status of Women and Provincial Commissions on Status of Women, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Million March To Stop Violence Against Women:

 The idea of ‘Million Men March’ is shaped to take this issue to that high altitude where no one can overlook or avoid it. National Commission on the Status of Women will be leading this movement with us in all four provinces of the country. This opportunity should be taken as a game changer across the country for ending violence against women.

 We intend to mobilize one million men simultaneously in more than 50 districts across the country. These well-organized peaceful groups of men belonging to diverse tiers of the society including CBO’s (Community based organizations), representatives of corporate organizations, students of educational institutes along with district administration will perform the activities at any prominent place in their respective district.

We invite community based organizations to join hands with us to celebrate White Ribbon Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women on 24th November 2017 in their respective districts.

Interested CBOs should submit Expression of Interest along with:

  • Copy of registration certificate
  • Copy of NOC from District Administration/Deputy Commissioner
  • Annual report
  • Contact details

The above details should be sent to conference@whiteribbon.org.pk latest by 18th August 2017.

Call 042-35883570 for more details.

 

Join Hands

To Eliminate

Violence Against Women

 


 “Redefining Narrative on Status of Women”

 To eliminate the violence against women from the society, the utmost prerequisite is a transformed narrative on status of women. Only a changed mind-set of the people will create a just and equitable society where women can exercise their rights without any deprivation.

In the above context, White Ribbon in coordination with National Commission on Status of Women organized a dialogue to address the issue. In the dialogue renowned experts belonging to education sector, media, religion (scholar), bureaucracy and policy makers talk on the subject to unveil the role of their respective sectors in making of narrative in currant scenario.

At this occasion, Ms. Rabia Javeri – Federal Secretary for Human Rights, Mr. Omer Aftab – CEO  White Ribbon, Mr. Moeed Pirzada – Anchor at Dunya News, Mr. Zia-ul-Haq – Dean Sharia Department IIUI, Mr. Suhail Warriach – member NCSW, Ms. Fariha Idrees – Anchor person and Mr. Zia ud Din – senior analyst were among the panelist.

Mr. Omer Aftab, at this occasion said; the main objective of the event is to create a dialogue in society about role of women in Pakistan. White Ribbon believes that the ultimate solution to empower the women of Pakistan is to break the gender stereotypes. He further raised the question; is there any national narrative on statue of women in Pakistan? If yes, what is that national narrative? In addition, if not, then what it should be? Ironically, even after seventy years of independence as a sovereign nation we have no central narrative on the statue of women.

Mr. Omer aimed that White Ribbon has taken this initiative to change or create a central narrative on status of women. A national unanimity should be develop with state level serious efforts, which shall meet the true standards that religion has given to the women. This narrative shall also meet the requirement of the modern age so a woman can play her role in the progress of the country. He claimed that White Ribbon would continue its struggle for the benefit of women of the country.

Ms. Rabia Javeria, Secretary Human Rights said, “Preventing violence against women and empowering women continue to be priorities for Human Rights Department. We strongly believe that closing the gaps between men and women in health, education, politics and economic participation will contribute to a more equitable and more prosperous society in Pakistan.

Mr. Suhail Wrraich, Member NCSW said; in Pakistan very 5th women is a victim of violence and this ratio is even higher in married women as every 3rd women becomes victim of any sort of violence in her life span. There is a deep-rooted cause behind this situation and that is patriarchal mindset. A joint effort from the entire stakeholders is required to change this scenario.

While talking to audience Mr. Zia ud Din Said, Media is the sturdiest instrument to change the mindset of any society. If we want to change the narrative of population of almost 200 million, a series of strategic and uniformed interventions are required. Our media; somehow needs the play the role of opinion leaders.

In conclusion, Mr. Moeed Pirzada – CEO Global Village Space said all that is needed is continuation of joint efforts. The process might grow slow but one day we would be able to give our women a prosperous and just society. Member national assembly Maeeza Hameed also attended the event.