SHIRKAT GAH MODEL
Shirkat Gah's projects and programmes are an integration of all three of its thematic areas: bodily rights, environmental context and voice.
Strategic Direction: Women enabled to recognize, understand and claim their bodily rights as well as resist all discriminatory practices in a conducive environment.
Strategic Objective: To build and enhance women’s conceptual understanding of and ability to exercise their rights in the areas of SRHR, VAW and Personal Status Law (PSL) and promote a conducive environment.
VOICE Strategic Direction: Women enabled to exercise individual and collective agency to claim their democratic rights and demand social justice Strategic Objective: To strengthen women to raise their individual and collective voices against patriarchy and other obstructive factors, claim their democratic rights and demand social justice from the local to the global
Strategic Direction: Women enabled to exercise individual and collective agency to claim their democratic rights and demand social justice
Strategic Objective: To strengthen women to raise their individual and collective voices against patriarchy and other obstructive factors, claim their democratic rights and demand social justice from the local to the global
ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT Strategic Direction: A culture of peace, democracy, pluralism and sustainable development premised on human rights promoted, and the values of women’s equality and empowerment upheld Strategic Objective: To promote a conducive socio-cultural, political, economic and natural environment to achieve women’s empowerment, peace and social justice
Strategic Direction: A culture of peace, democracy, pluralism and sustainable development premised on human rights promoted, and the values of women’s equality and empowerment upheld
Strategic Objective: To promote a conducive socio-cultural, political, economic and natural environment to achieve women’s empowerment, peace and social justice
DAG saves a 9 year old girl from being married off to a 16 year old boy in Basti Tarap UC Manka Bhutta.
A DAG member informed a partner CBO, HAMDARD, and called other CBO members. The DAG team met the girl's father and explained to him that early age marriage is against the Pakistani Law. The father argued that we are a poor family and the groom’s family promised to support us financially with some dowry. CBO members warned that being an offense a case can also be registered with the police against him. After a long discussion the father of the girl finally agreed to get his daughter engaged to be married when she reaches adulthood.
Rukhsana WELDD Leader from Marghuzar, Swat: “I was married off when I was 14 years old and today I'm a mother of seven, five daughters and two sons. I am an underprivileged person and so I could never afford any kind of overindulgence for my children. But I still used to treat my sons far better than my daughters; I used to think that girls belong to other homes once they're married off [گھر پرایا], and are of no use to the parents. When I attended the training sessions at Shirkat Gah and there were sessions on discrimination, which taught me that I shouldn’t discriminate between my children, I realized that I used to treat my daughters unjustly, rather my daughters help me out more than my sons. An example of this is how I used to cook eggs for my sons whereas my daughters had breakfast without it. After having attended the training with Shirkat Gah, I realized that by treating my son with special attention in this way, I was reinforcing the oppression of patriarchy. I now save the money which I used to spend on eggs”
Samina: Assistant Coordinator WFS Bhakar, Punjab: “Before, I could never even speak to anyone; I always remained shy and apprehensive. But now after having joined Shirkat Gah's Women friendly Space (WFS) I go where ever I please with confidence without any fear, rather it seems that other people are afraid of me and are cautious of what they say before me”.
District Advocacy Group (DAG) Helps Stop Child Marriage: On 31 January 2014, DAG members with the help of local police helped save a 10 year old girl from child marriage. DAG members contacted the local police and media in Muzafargarh to stop the illegal marriage ceremony of a 10 year old girl with a boy of 12. Read More On DAG
In the past few years, several laws and policies have been formulated to address various forms of violence against women such as forced marriage, acid throwing on women, sexual harassment, and depriving them of their inheritance. The legal provisions introduced through some new laws and amendments in existing ones have criminalized such customary practices which deny women their basic right to life, liberty and equal protection of law, and perpetuate violence against them.
The law passed in November 2011 for the prevention of such anti-women practices added a chapter titled “Offences Against Women” to the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and introduced strict punishments for perpetrators of crimes against women on the pretext of customary practices or otherwise.
These laws address some key forms of violence against women including various forms of forced marriage, violence against women through acid and other such substances, and sexual harassment in public spheres including places of work. In addition to criminalizing various forms of violence against women, some supportive facilities for women who suffer distress and detention have also been strengthened.
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