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Two Days National Training of Trainers (ToT) held with police facilitators/instructors (7-8.9.2015), Rawalpindi


Two Days National Training of Trainers (ToT) held with police facilitators/instructors (7-8.9.2015)
A two days National Training of Trainers (ToT) was held on September 7-8, 2015, at Sihala Police College, Rawalpindi. The theme of the training was ‘Pro-Women Laws and Gender Sensitive Investigation’. The training was arranged by Aurat Foundation under its GBV Advocacy & Capacity Building project.

The training, facilitated by National Police Bureau (NPB) under the MoU signed between Aurat Foundation and NPB, was attended by 26 participants including 9 females and 17 males from the four provinces of the country and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). Majority of them were inspector ranked officers and were stationed in different police training schools and colleges of the country. 

On the first day of the two-days training, Ms Rabeea Hadi, Director Advocacy & EVAW of Aurat Foundation, briefed the participants on the objectives of the training and Aurat Foundation mission as well as its association with NPB and other GBV response government departments. She further discussed the concept of gender and social scaling of ‘man’ and ‘woman. Ms Maliha Zia, senior lawyer and gender specialist, conducted group work by the participants to further dig down the concept of gender and to understand various biological differences and socially assigned roles differences between men and women. 

On the second day of training Ms Sumera Malik, National Coordinator GBV Advocacy project, discussed the concepts of violence against women and its types. She divided the participants in four groups and assigned them different age groups of men/boys and girls/women. She further asked them to prepare a chart presentation of the types of violence faced by boys/men and girls/women in each age group. Each group presented their findings to Ms  Sumera Malik while summarizing the findings of all groups concluded the session that both boys and girls face the same kind of violence at young age but as they grow up, girls become the victim of more types of violence and with greater intensity. 

The training on day two was further forwarded by Mr. Muhammad Haider Imtiaz, Advocate Islamabad High Court, by discussing pro-women laws legislated for the protection of women rights at the federal level as well as provincial levels. He discussed salient features of the constitution, Domestic Violence Bills of Balochistan and Sindh, The  Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elimination of Custom of Ghag Act, 2013, The Punjab Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Act, 2015 etc. with participants. It was a highly interactive session where questions of the participants with objective answers based on sound knowledge of law and Pakistan Penal Code, of the trainer.
The two days training was closed post certificate distribution ceremony and the participants gave a written commitment of conducting such trainings based on the learning from this ToT, at their assigned training schools and colleges.