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16-Days of Activism to End Violence against Women celebrated, Karachi


16-Days of Activism to End Violence against Women celebrated

As part of 16-Days of Activism to End Violence against Women, Aurat foundation, in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), organized an activity on Friday, December 5, 2014, at Arts Council Auditorium, Karachi. The event started with keynote speakers and followed by live performances from the community members around. Ms Mahnaz Rahman, Resident Director Aurat Foundation Karachi office, gave a history of 16-Days’ campaign create awareness on gender based violence.

Dr Masuma Hasan, Former Secretary Cabinet Division, and President, Aurat Foundation’s Board of Governors, talked about importance of implementation and how laws could be made stronger and implemented effectively. “We have to established a platform and create awareness about the pro-women laws that already exist.  Ms Shala Qureshi, from police department, said that one could not just criticize but needed to take action and responsibility.  The next part of the event consisted of lively performances by various community members about violence against women. They performed skits that touched upon critical issues like acid throwing, early and forced marriages and other prominent issues. Various stalls were also displayed by different organizations.