16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM CAMPAIGN
25th NOVEMBER -10th DECEMBER 2012
Background and significance
The efforts of women right protection in Pakistan had been quite effective in Pakistan where campaign actions had contributed a positive role. Year 2012 being the election year and 16 days of activism may contribute significantly to protection and safety of women and girls from all forms of violence and discrimination.
There had been very strong mobilization and advocacy on ending violence against women by women rights protection networks at micro, meso and macro level such as EVAW alliance, We Can Campaign, Mumkin Alliance, Women Action Forum, Joint Action Committee and Legislative Watch Groups. The forthcoming 16 days of activism campaign is providing a space to bring in synergy of all forums and networks to create a combined effect and generate political commitment for women right protection especially when the election campaign in underway.
At the same time it is also important to synergize the local efforts for women right protection to the global community. With this aim, representatives from EVAW alliance, UN Women, DFID, AAWAZ consortium partners build a consensus on the national theme of 16 days campaign in Pakistan. Thus under the global theme i.e
“From Peace in the home to Peace in the world”.
The campaign in Pakistan will be undertaken with the thematic focus on:
"Safety at Home, Public and Work Spaces”
The campaign will be undertaken by civil society organizations, networks and allies each having independent ways to bring in innovation as appropriate to the theme. Some proposed networks are EVAWG alliance, IHI, We can Campaign, Men Engaged, Women Action Forum, Legislative Watch Group and many other at provincial and district level. Media engagements will be used as communication strategy of the campaign.
Under the local theme, it is proposed that following will be the areas for campaign actions, leaving space for organizations/networks to adopt innovative ways of campaign actions;
Year 2012 being election year keep strategic importance with regard to pending legislation on women’s right protection. The campaign days thus be strategically planned to lobby with the government by appreciating the previous achievements and demanding consolidation of initiated efforts (pending legislation such as Comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill and Domestic Violence Bill).
Instead of holding seminars, protests and rallies, it will be wise to hold special meetings with policy makers (MNAs, MPAs, senators, and relevant ministries, political party representatives) for pushing for approval of these pending legislations. These special meeting should be a series of meetings continued through 16 days.
2. Political Empowerment of women
The second component that should be highlighted during this years’ campaign is women’s political empowerment. Under this component two sub themes are suggested:
· Protection for right to vote
· Gender responsive political party manifesto
3. Safe Access of Girl Children to Education
Under the overarching local theme of safety, girls’ safe access to education needs to be focused. Thus raising demand for conducive environment within and outside schools is another area of attention during the campaign.
Ø All participating organizations/networks should all be acting in synergy
Ø All solidarity actions must ensure a holistic, inclusive, participatory and well coordinated approach
Ø All campaign actions should maintain the focus keeping in view the respective organizational strategies of doing campaign.
To bring in synergy and sharing purpose all participating organizations are proposed to share their plans as per following matrix which will help in promoting joint actions, ensure efficient utilization of time and resources.