Men pledge to make districts violence-free zones for women, girls

Staff Reporter

The Pakistani men have pledged to make their districts “violence free-zones for women and girls”.
This was stated by the chief executive officer of White Ribbon, Omer Aftab, on Friday.
‘We mobilized men and boys in support of gender equality in 70 cities across Pakistan on Friday at 4 pm simultaneously’, he remarked.
He said that following the main event in Islamabad, mobilization was held in more than 70 districts across country.
Men and boys from across Pakistan are taking a unified stand to become part of the solution to prevent and end violence against women and girls, he added.
In a unique event, thousands of men and boys from 70 districts across the country poured out into the streets in solidarity with women and girls and called for an end to crimes of violence against women and girls, it was further pointed out.
Males from all provinces and regions, were mobilized by the White Ribbon Pakistan in collaboration with UN Women Pakistan, National Commission on the Status of Women and Ministry of Human Rights.
Congregating outside the local press clubs, male participants vowed to “leave no woman or girl behind’ by prioritizing their dignity and calling for their protection and prevention against violence.
In doing so, they pledged to make their districts violence-free zones for all women and girls.
Omer Aftab, CEO White Ribbon said that Violence against women is a global phenomenon affecting 1 in 3 women, and Pakistan is no exception. As the world observes 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, this day also marks the start of the ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence’ lasting until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
He further added that in collaboration with MoHR, NCSW and UN-Women, right now the campaign is going on in 70 districts across the country.

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