Islamabad: The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global campaign to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. An event was organized to coincide with the global commemoration on 19 December 2011 in Islamabad by UNFPA in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority and Ministry of National Disaster.
The main objective of the event was to raise awareness about the gender-based violence as a human rights issue at all levels. The event provided a platform to demonstrate solidarity against all forms of gender violence.
The participants shared views and highlighted the specific gender related concerns in particular during the humanitarian crisis. The event also showcased different innovative and effective strategies that various humanitarian organizations have been employing to prevent and address the gender specific needs of affected population.
The other aspect of the event was to interact with all national and local level organizations engaged in gender related response to humanitarian settings. There were about 30 stalls set up by various civil society organizations who displayed their materials and resources depicting different strategies including livelihood programmes, prevention and response to protection concerns and psycho-social support in humanitarian setting. Presentations were also made on the best practices and challenges to coordinate support and response mechanism during the situation of emergency.
Mr. Rabbi Royan, UNFPA Country Representative said that today’s event presents us an opportunity to reflect upon and recognize the increased vulnerability of women and girls during disasters and to showcase some of the innovative efforts taken to support the most vulnerable of people. It is important to acknowledge the large steps that the Government has taken particularly in the field of gender specific humanitarian interventions.
Pakistan is also good example of strong collaboration between government, the donors’ community and civil society organizations in different sectors. It is hoped that we can build upon this spirit of partnership among all humanitarian actors so that we can better respond to the gender specific needs of disaster affected population. Hopefully, in the years to come we can work together to ensure that gender-specific and violence can be prevented.
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