Violence can be defined as an assault on someone’s emotional and physical status. It is a kind of act that not only shatters one’s physical health but also leaves a great mark on one’s overall personality. Violence against Women is not an issue of today, we can trace back its history from the times of prophecies and atheism.
Women in Pakistan face various forms of violence. Each province and area in the country has devised various methods to inflict pain to these tender souls. Some like to practice karo kari, others have developed traditions like swara, marriage to Quran, Wata Satta and what not. These are all the creations of a nation that seems to be developing in papers only but in reality it is somewhere lost in the abyss of double standards and male dominance. Even today, talking about women and their rights is considered an utterly odd act in our society. Women, by default are considered weak; they are considered the less intelligent one’s… “the aurat zaat”, that is here to serve the men of her family, be it her brother, father, husband or son.
As per the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of violence, it is “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation.” Unfortunately every third woman in our society faces one such kind of violence based situation in her life. Woman’s status in any society depends on where she lives. Women in Pakistan are yet totally dependent and the main aim of her existence so far is to build a family and think about the convenience of others around them.
White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan (WRCP) took initiative in 2006 to encourage women towards progress and their rights by creating awareness through media, opinion leaders and decision makers. It is an organization that realizes these deep-rooted harsh realities of this society and can change the voice of the people.
The core concept of WRCP is to strongly endorse that every man should realize the plight of women and work to end the violence and atrocities they are subjected to.Mr. Omer Aftab’, CEO Women’s Empowerment Group believes that “education is the key to all such problems”, he says that “in order to make this society a healthy place, we need to educate young girls and mothers. It is their responsibility to know their adolescent’s rights because through them a whole new generation develops”
It is often observed that if a female fetus is destroyed in our society, it is because the girl child is unwanted and is taken as a burden. On a broader level, women are still considered commodities that are treated as per the will and wish of their independent male family members. The WRCP is advocating against these gender biases and promoting positivity via the arrangement of various workshops, youth sensitization session and by involving media to promote gender sensitive reporting, especially by harmonizing the religious point of view with other social aspects that are being currently practiced. The campaign has also introduced a Media Award for journalists who practice gender-sensitive reporting. The awards distribution ceremony will be held on March 8, 2013 during the Second National Conference of WRCP in Islamabad.
Today, the need of the hour is that we should develop mechanisms and policies that ensure positive sensitization of the masses. Not only that the media can play an important role but also it is the responsibility of each one of us to set positive examples that can help our coming generations become more patient towards various gender roles. May this society become a garland full of positivity and gender equality soon and may we all become patient enough to admit our flaws.