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Community Development Foundation Pakistan (CDF) with White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan

December 2012

A Day to Highlight Violence Against Women

Program started with the recitation of Holy Quran, Recite by Saima.

Welcome and Brief to about to the Program of Men Ending Violence Against Women, by Abdul Hameed Arain Executive Director Community Development Foundation Pakistan:

The day was initiated by United Nations and has been held each year since 1991. The 16 Days of Activism, from 25 November to 10 December, is an international campaign to raise awareness around to end violence against women. The dates, November 25, International Day of Eradicating Violence against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, were chosen in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. Many of the activists and organizations working for women’s rights use these 16 days to further their campaigns and make governments, politicians and decision-makers consider issues of violence against women seriously.

The White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan keeps working vigorously throughout the year to achieve its targets and sensitize the maximum number of stake holders. These 16 days hold an important place in the campaign’s annual activity calendar.

The 16 Days campaign is an excellent opportunity to draw attention, nationally and internationally, to the problem of violence against women in Pakistan, to seek removal of some of the obstacles that have so far prevented the campaign from achieving more than it already has, draw government attention to a change policies that are biased against women, to lobby for the introduction of policies that seek to prevent and punish incidences of violence against women, to change the attitudes and mindsets that promote violence and most importantly to increase awareness amongst the public concerning issues of violence.

Jameela Iqbal: Violence against women and girls takes many forms and is widespread throughout the globe. It includes rape, domestic violence, and harassment at work, abuse in school, female genital mutilation and sexual violence in armed conflicts. It is predominantly inflicted by men. Whether in developing or developed countries, the pervasiveness of this violence should shock us all. Violence – and in many cases the mere threat of it – is one of the most significant barriers to women’s full equality.

Iqra Tabasum: Presnting the Urdu poem regarding the day.

Ms Seeta: Our challenge is to ensure that the message of "zero tolerance" is heard far and wide. To do that, we must engage all of society – and especially young people. In particular, young men and boys must be encouraged to become the advocates we need. We need to promote healthy models of masculinity. Too many young men still grow up surrounded by outmoded male stereotypes. By talking to friends and peers about violence against women and girls, and by taking action to end it, they can help break the ingrained behaviour of generations.

On this International Day, I urge Government around the world to harness the energy, ideas and leadership of young people to help us to end this pandemic of violence. Only then will we have a more just, peaceful and equitable world.

Abdul Hameed Arain: Vote of Thanks to all participants.

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About CDF

CDF-Pakistan-2CDF Pakistan's vision is to establish a society where justice, dignity and revere prevail and where all live in a peaceful, tolerant and self-sustaining progressive healthy & literate society. Working in partnership with other likeminded organizations, CDF Pakistan challenges poverty and inequality by supporting to form networks, generate and streamline resources while employing practical solutions’ based, transparent and accountable actions through participatory, rights base, pre-defined, strategic decisions and approaches that enable people to improve their lives and shape their own futures.

Vision

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 aim is the establishment of a society where men and women live in harmony, with mutual respect and peace fulfilling each others’ rights with women feeling secure and unthreatened within or outside the family.

Mission

The ultimate goal of this campaign is elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against women from the society through active male involvement by promoting an enlightened and gender-balanced approach to change attitudes and behaviors of men towards women.

Program aims

Make violence against women and girls socially unacceptable, through engaging Change Makers and campaigning through the mass media to fundamentally shift attitudes and behaviour. Ensure the safety of women and girls displaced from their homes by disasters. Stop the cycle of violence by changing attitudes at an early age, and reduce the disruptive influence that violence has on children's education, by working to make schools harassment-free places. Empower women to develop the confidence to report cases of violence.

Community Development Foundation Pakistan (CDF) is a Non Profit, Non Governmental and Non-Political Humanitarian Relief and Social Development Organization, working on Health & Hygiene, Education & Adult Literacy, Women Development & Gender Equality, Youth Development, Agriculture Extention & Kitchen Gardening, Water & Sanitation, Climate Change & Adoptation, Wildlife Conservation, and Peace Promotion through Sports, Human Rights and Emergency Relief & Rehabilitation. The Organization was established in 1998 and registered under The Societies Regestration Act, XXI of 1860, and Govt of Pakistan.

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