16 days of activism to end gender based violence have been launched by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) funded AAWAZ programme. Women from 45 districts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa gathered in Islamabad Friday to share their inspirational stories of change. These women were made-up of social workers working to reduce gender-based violence, or those who have faced gender-based violence.
During this campaign, collective voices will be raised from union council level to district level for strengthening local, national, regional and international networks to empower women in Pakistan. The launch event also showed solidarity with the worldwide movement to end violence against women by highlighting innovative strategies.
Momentum generated during these 16 days will be gathered and a national joint convention of women assembly will be organized at the end of this campaign. The convention will present the pledges and commitments gathered during the campaign and present its vision to engage with other like-minded groups and seek institutional commitment to end violence against women. This year this campaign continues the theme of “Leave No One Behind; End Violence against Women and girls”.