PROJECT ‘END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN’
LAUNCHED IN PAKISTAN
Times Staff Report, June 14, 2004
ISLAMABAD: The ‘Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW)”
project co-funded by Oxfam GB and EU and launched at a local hotel
here Monday hoped that women will be more secure in their homes
and public places as a result of initiatives to be taken under
The project will be spread over next three years in terms of
capacity building, awareness and other activities.
The speakers at the launching ceremony said with country wide
programme activities, women will feel that there is an enabling
environment to report and address situations of violence. These
changes would mean an overall change in attitude and behaviour
in the society on violence against women issues.
In his opening remarks, Michael Dale, Head of Operations, Delegation
of the European Commission in Pakistan, said under European Initiative
for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), the European Union (EU)
enables vibrant civil society organizations to undertake programmes
to uphold democratic norms, human rights and the rule of law in
their respective societies.
Michael said first EU budget line is for the projects identified
through calls for proposals, with an EC contribution of not less
than € 300000, which is implemented by civil society operators
including local authorities (but excluding official state, national
and international governmental organisations or institutions).
Similarly, the second budget line is for micro-projects under
€ 100000 administered directly by European Commission Delegations
in the countries concerned.
Areas of Priority
In her welcome address, Farhana Farooq Stocker, country director
Oxfam GB said, promotion of gender equality at grassroots and
at policy levels is one of the three areas of priority of Oxfam’s
work in Pakistan. The other two areas are humanitarian assistance
and sustainable livelihoods for the asset poor small producers,
Farhana said women in Pakistan live with very hostile legal and
policy environment, in the form of Hudood Ordinances in addition
to the prevalent customary laws and practices entrenched in the
ideology of patriarchy
Nasim Sherin, project manager Oxfam GB, said the three-year programme
would focus to end violence against women and reduce violation
of women’s rights through awareness raising, strengthening
support systems and advocating for changes in policy and legislation.
Since this project is being implemented through partner organizations,
EVAW expects to achieve objectives through capacity building of
national NGOs, enabling them to work more effectively on VAW issues.
Sherin said the partners in this project included: Seher and
Root Work (RW) in Balochistan, Sindh Development Society (SDS)
and Pirbhat Woman Development Society (PWDS) in Sindh and Amal
in Punjab and South Asia Partnership and Shirkatgah.
Dr Shahina while responding to a question, said the EU has added
some more areas in the EIDHR programme. Now the EU’s micro
level budget lines would be available for projects addressing
strengthening of democracy and rule of law in Pakistan’s