A one-day Police Sensitization Workshop was organized by SACH – Struggle for Change in collaboration with European Union on Thursday November 08, 2018 at Police Lines, Police Head Quarters Islamabad. The training workshop was conducted for police officials from Islamabad Capital Territory, focusing on “Fundamental Human Rights and Stress Management”. The activity was aimed to guide the police in the performance of their task while observing and protecting human rights and managing the stress encountered as a result of professional duties.
The proceedings comprised of a session delivered by Dr. Zia Ahmed Khan, a reputed motivational speaker who has been associated with NIPA Peshawar for over 40 years. He is a senior trainer at the moment at National School of Public Policy (NSPP) that provides training's to senior cadre officers from the government and military. The session also included a number of exercises e.g. smiling at the person sitting next, rubbing hands profusely and rubbing the ear cartilages, aimed at refreshing the participants for grasping the content being delivered. Mr. Zia explained that the purpose of the topic was re-engineering leadership, since everyone is a leader in his own personal capacity, whether it is work, family or peers. To become a strong leader, the most important aspect is anger management, as it not only affects the people around, but one’s own self.
The scheduled meeting took place between Ms. Khalida Salimi, Executive Director – SACH – Struggle for Change along with SACH team and Mr. Ali Nawaz Chouhan, Chairman – NCHRP. The agenda of the meeting was to give a brief of SACH’s project to Chairman NCHRP, and discuss prospects of collaboration between NCHRP and SACH by signing an MoU between both parties . Ms.Khalida gave a brief introduction of SACH and its efforts for eradication of torture through a holistic approach since 1994. The current project funded by EIDHR was discussed along with the interventions planned and being implemented.
Chairman NCHRP, Mr. Chouhan showed concern that the judiciary and police department need a lot of guidance in reference to human rights and also suggested separate training sessions for both. SACH extended its cooperation for training judges and police in collaboration with NCHRP. In reciprocity, Mr. Chouhan extended full cooperation for conducting regional consultations on UNCAT implementation with relevant stakeholders including legislature, law enforcers, legal fraternity and media, which SACH plans to conduct in near future. He assured his personal assistance, and directed his team to participate with fervor. Mr. Chouhan also requested SACH to provide assistance in development of prison reform report and suggested that the report should be technicalwith concrete facts and figures regarding circumstances of prisoners during their stay in jail. SACHshall assist NCHR in this prison fact finding visits.
Chairman NCHRP Mr. Chouhan proposed to sign a Letter of Exchangeto cooperate with SACH in its mission for prevention of torture.
The workshop was arranged in the Auditorium, Police Academy Islamabad where 27 junior police officials participated. The basic purpose of the workshop was to sensitize police officials on Stress management so that they could proactively handle violent situations, protect themselves; and protect human rights especially for the vulnerable persons, while performing their tasks. This workshop was organized to analyze and access the concepts of police officials regarding handling pressure and propose strategies on how to bear stress and intense situations during their work.Read More
Keeping in vision the theme for the day “Convention against Torture”, SACH attempted to take onboard stakeholders from the legal fraternity and for this reason; SACH collaborated with District Bar Association, Islamabad, which nominated 28 lawyers for participation in the workshop. The activity was attended by Mr. Khurshid Ahmad (General Secretary District Bar Association) and Mr. Majid Bashir (Ex-civil Judge – Advocate Supreme Court) who briefed the gathering on how lawyers can help torture sufferers through their practices. The workshop was also attended by Mr. Syed Khawar Hussain (Information Officer – EU).Read More
SACH has organized Stakeholder dialogue on Gender Based Violence and child protection on 17th Nov, 2016 at Shelton Rezidor, Peshawar in collaboration with UNHCR.
The activity was attended by Mr. Ijaz Muhammad Khan (Acting Chief-Child Protection Commission), District Officer-Social Welfare, Colleagues from CAR UNHCR, other Govt. and Non Govt. organization. The whole activity was interactive and all the participants shared their experiences about GBV and child protection.
Mr. Awais-ur-Rehman, Task Manager from SACH - Struggle for Change shared in his introductory session of SACH � Struggle for change. He gave a brief introduction of the organization and shared with audience that the organization is devoted to the victims of violence and torture. He also shared the service, activities and work of SACH for refugees
Ms. Bushra Attaullah (Assistant Protection Officer-UNHCR) gave a brief presentation on UNHCR�s mandate and International Protection Framework- Rights of Refugees and IDPs in context of current situation /policy/status of registered Afghans and IDPs. A brief discussion on GBV and child Protection was facilitated by Mr. Imran Takkar (Trainer-SACH). GENDER-BASED violence is deeply rooted in regions like South Asia even today. Stereotyping women and discrimination against them get even more dangerous and terrifying in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Gender-based violence is a persistent problem in Afghan communities. He said gender discrimination is a harsh tragedy with the woman presumed the weaker sex both in Pakistani and Afghani society. He added that women are expected to be submissive and dependent while man is believe to be active, aggressive and independent, which is why man always dominates the woman.
It was emphasized that there is a dire need to combat gender-based violence through community awareness with focus on religious and community elders etc.
In Pakistan and Afghanistan the causes of violence are due to deep-rooted social and cultural values. Sadly, women facing discrimination and violence do not get a great deal of support from society and government. It is the duty of government to formulate gender-sensitive policies in collaboration with the civil society so that crimes against women can be minimized. Such policies will also help in changing the attitude of the people in the long run.
In the vote of thanks speech, Ms. Shazia Azhar, Project Coordinator from SACH shared that workshop will serve as a framework to develop better understandings about GBV and Child Protection She thanked member from UNHCR, Child Protection Unit KPK CAR, and all participants for their active participation and make the activity successful.
At the end of the activity all the participants agreed to work in collaboration for better addressing GBV and child Protection issues.
SACH - Struggle for Change organized an event in Peshawar on International Women's Day.Read More
Annual UNHCR Project retreat at Sawat and Malamjaba.Read More