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Celebration of 16days of Activism with White Ribbon Pakistan (Islamabad)

SHARP held Briefing Session on Violence against Women & Girls at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad-24th November,2017.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.

Gender inequality persists worldwide. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms. Violence against women is the extreme form of discrimination.

Society for Human Rights & Prisoner’s Aid (SHARP) joined hands with White Ribbon Pakistan to commemorate 25th November, International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women, globally celebrated as the White Ribbon Day. SHARP as part of a nation-wide mobilization of men and boys observed in nearly 60 cities organized a Briefing Session on Friday 24th November, 2017 at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) to show solidarity with cause of ending violence against women and girls.

Muhammad Mudassar Javed, Director SHARP greeted all the participants and guests in the session. He shared that SHARP is a non-governmental organization working on human rights and women’s rights in Pakistan through our guiding principles utilization of local wisdom, knowledge and resources; enhancing networking and coordination for collective action, encouragement of innovation and creativity, prioritizing quality and accepting challenges equal rights and opportunities for all. SHARP provides free Legal aid/support and advice to the victims of violence against women and girls. He discussed different dimensions of violence against women & girls and highlighted the role of key actors to stop violence.

Dr. Adnan Sarwar Head of IR Department NUML shared his views on sexual & gender-based violence in the society. He emphasized the importance of the role of teachers and educational institutions in eradicating violence and promoting human rights.

Mr. Tahir Khalil Malik, Lecturer IR Department NUML highlighted the men and boys engagement to stop violence against women & girls. He mentioned the role of religious leaders and parents in the character building of the future generation to respect the rights of others and have violence free society.

Ms. Sadia Niazi, Professor at NUML appreciated the efforts of NGO’s raising their voice to promote and protect the basic human rights in the society. She acknowledged the initiatives taken by SHARP to create human rights friendly Pakistan. She laid stress on the >implementation of laws available for the protection of women rights and state’s responsibility to provide an enabling environment where less privileged class and helpless women could enjoy their basic rights.

At the end Resolution was read and pledge was taken by the participants. SHARP team thanked all the participants and guests for joining the event. Awareness material distributed among the participants. All the participants were wearing White Ribbon to show solidarity with women to stop violence against women & girls.