STAKEHOLDERS DIALOGUE ON GBV & Child Protection 2016

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.

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International Women's Day in Peshawar - 2016

SACH - Struggle for Change organized an event in Peshawar on International Women's Day.

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International Women's Day - 2016

The cases of violence against women in Pakistan have always been on the rise, and there is dire need to increase our collective efforts to fight for the rights of under privileged women and eliminate all forms of discrimination against women. SACH has been devoted to the victims of violence and torture, especially the female victims since its inception. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental to the very identity of SACH – Struggle for Change.

On International Women's Day this year, SACH reaffirmed its commitment to continue with its advocacy and awareness-raising initiatives for women's better and positive status in the society. Being an active member of the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls Alliance (EVAWG), SACH participated in the customary torch-bearer walk organized each year to draw attention to the cause of gender equality and women empowerment in Pakistan. The event was organized by the Alliance with teeming participation from organizations and groups working for women’s rights in the country. The walk commenced from F-6 Markaz towards the Islamabad Press Club, with participants chanting and holding placards with feminist slogans. At the end of the walk, senior women’s rights activists shared their views and presented a position paper by EVAWG Alliance National Chapter Pakistan, intending to suggest to the Commission on the Status of Women as to what recommendations should be proposed to achieve gender parity in the context of SDGs.

In addition, to mark UN International Women’s Day SACH - Peshawar organized “Voice for Gender Equality on Tuesday March 09, 2016 at Bibi Marium Afghan School, Hayatabad, Peshawar. The activity consisted of speeches, poetry and debates relating to the theme of the day.

 

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Annual Retreat - Sawat & Malamjabba

Annual UNHCR Project retreat at Sawat and Malamjaba.

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Annual Retreat - Highland Country Club

Annual BPRM Project retreat at "Highland Country Club" Islamabad.

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Debate Competition - Right to Choose

Competition on "Right to choose" Assurance of Blissful wedlock amongst various universities of Islamabad students, conducted at Bahria University, Islamabad on December 10, 2015.

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Educational Feista at Nothia

To commemorate 16 days of activism to end Gender Based Violence, SACH – Struggle for Change organized an event with the title of “EDUCATIONAL FESTA” in Aryana Experimental High School Nothia, Peshawar Cant on December 10, 2015. The activity was started with the recitation of Holy Quran by an Afghan Religious Scholar. The scheduled event was consisted on Pictorial Presentation, Success Story, Painting Competition, Poetry and an interview with a Psychologist and Lawyer regarding GBV. All the segments were arranged as per the theme of the year “Make Education Safe for all”.

The event was joined by Mr. Samad Khan UNHCR representative, Mr. Khalil KarimiFocal Person of Afghan Student Union Peshawar University, Community Members including Influential persons, Religious clerics, youth, Students and teachers. All the participants including renowned guests appreciated SACH staff for organizing such an informative event to involve Afghan Students for the purpose to eliminate Gender Based Violence. In the event it was reflected that education is the basic right of all persons without gender discrimination. Regarding female education, it was also visualized that female also have the due right to get education and they should not be deprived from their rights.

In the event focal person of Afghan Students Union, Peshawar University appreciated SACH and UNHCR efforts for the development of Afghan Refugees. He gave his view point on female education and their key role in the societythat by educating a single woman is like to educate a generation. He insisted that education is the right of every person and they should not be deprived from their rights. In today’s world the power of a pen is the strongest weapon on the globe. It is education that changes the world and brings behavioral changes in the society; it is the sign of development of a nation. He also shared with the participants about child abused that children are the future of a nation and we should encourage and facilitate them to seek knowledge.

Principle of Aryana Experimental High School encouraged the students about education that education is the most important tool in 21st century and no one can live a happy life without it. He appreciated SACH organization for organizing such an informative event that enhanced the knowledge of the students as well other community members about the importance of education and GBV. At the end he appreciated all the segments of the activity and announced cash prizes for the talented students.

At the end Task Manager pay a grateful thanks to all the participants’ especially religious clerics, influential persons, teachers, youth and students, who made the event successful with their participation. He shared with the participants that gender discrimination is the biggest social evil of our society that creates hurdles in our development. Everyone have their rights to live a happy life and to acquire their rights, for which education is the most important tool.We should get together to raise voice against gender based violence and provide every possible facility and right to our generations.

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Educational Event at Afghan Colony

SACH organized educational event on 8th December, 2015 at Pak Nazreen No 2 School of afghan colony to mark 16 days of activism. The event was started by recitation of the verses of Holy Quran, and consisted upon Hamd, Poetry, Quiz competition among students, Drama, Afghan national anthem and some other audience interacted activities. All the commotions were prepared regarding the theme of the year, i.e., making education safe for young people without gender discrimination.

The activity was joint efforts of SACH staff, and Students, teachers, community members of Afghan refugees. The UNHCR representative ALI Husnain attended the event and appreciated SACH staff efforts to organize the energetic event for students. She also gave a massage that education is the basic right of all persons and discrimination should not be held on the basis of gender. She also motivated the students for higher education and promised UNHCR support regarding GBV and further cooperation in future.

The member of Commssionerate Afghan refugee  (CAR) Ms Bushra, joint the event and gave a positive message that education is the shield for women specially, but unfortunately females are usually have to be deprived of this in our society. But we have to fight and have to raise our voices against it.

At the end SACH staff member Nuzhat Taskeen thanked all the participants, guests, students and teachers of the community for joining the event and also appreciated the efforts of all participants foe making the fruitful event. The activity was winded up with a written massage of all the participants on a sign banner of SAY NO TO GENDER BASED VIOLENCE.

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Deliberation at Abu Ali Sena Institute

SACH organized Deliberation on 2nd December, 2015 at Abu Ali Sena Institute Danishabad to mark 16 days of activism. The event was started by recitation of the verses of Holy Quran. Introductory session of SACH and 16 days of activism was delivered by Afzal Khan (Outreach Counselor-SACH. Community members shared success stories of their lives. Afghan students and teachers have participated in deliberation. Religious scholar delivered a speech about the theme of the year. All the commotions were prepared regarding the theme of the year, i.e., making education safe for young people.

The activity was joint efforts of SACH staff, and Students, teachers, Principals of afghan schools, community members of Afghan refugees. The UNHCR representative ALI Husnain attended the event and appreciated SACH staff efforts to organize the energetic event for students. She also gave a massage that education is the basic right of all persons and discrimination should not be held on the basis of gender. She also motivated the students for higher education and promised UNHCR support regarding GBV and further cooperation in future.

The education officer of afghan consulate Mr. Abdur rehman aziz, joint the event, also briefed about their educational program running by the consulate for afghan students. He gave a massage to all afghan students that to get higher education and be the part of this developed global world. He thanked SACH/UNHCR for their support and cooperation with afghan refugees and appreciated their efforts.

At the end Task Manager-SACH thanked all the participants, guests, students and teachers of the community for joining the event and also appreciated the efforts of all participants for making a successful event. The activity was winded up with a Cake cutting ceremony jointly with all guests as one voice to stop GBV and also left colored hand impression by everyone present in the event, which was reflected to stop Gender based violence.

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Orientation Session - Rawalpindi

In such an endeavor, SACH has conducted an orientation session in Rawalpindi for students of Basic Education Community School, Pindora Rawalpindi in commemoration of the World Children’s Day on Friday November 20, 2015. The session was delivered to 114 students in which 60 were Afghan students of primary level about child rights and Ms. Tayyaba Tahir from SACH - Struggle for Change gave a brief introduction of the organization and shared with audience that the organization is devoted to the cause of upholding human rights. The discussion took place within the context of World Children’s Day. The purpose of the activity was to sensitize the participants about various issues arising in the context of Pakistan that are faced by the children of our country.
A session by Ms. Tayyaba Tahir, Senior Psychosocial Counselor, and Ms. Saba Gul, Psychosocial Counselor – SACH, highlighted the disturbed psychological patterns in children due to deprivation of basic human rights and ways to deal with such problems.
The participants were encouraged to take active part in the discussion, where they shared various problems they face in routine life. The discussion was directed in a way to assist the participants find solutions to their problems by them.
In her concluding note, Ms. Tayyaba Tahir shared that the organization has been working for the childrensince its inception. SACH has been at the center-stage for ratification of “United Nations Child Rights Convention” by Government of Pakistan. She shared that the activity was part of SACH’s interventions for street living and working children under its Child Protection Program. The discussion will not only highlight the situation of child rights observance in the country, but will also help develop a better understanding regarding child rights and their conditions among human rights activists working for the cause.

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Board Meeting - August 2015

A Board Meeting was held on August 06, 2015 at SACH head office Islamabad

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Theatre on Forced Marriages

SACH - Struggle for Change under its programme for support to victims of forced marriages in collaboration with the British High Commission, Islamabad, organized a “Theater for Development” at Paris Hotel & Restaurant, Kallar Syedan on Thursday July 30, 2015. The activity was part of “Public Debate” to create awareness against the issue of forced marriages of dual nationals of Pakistani origin.
The theatre performance depicted the misery faced by victims of forced marriages, a phenomenon prevalent in Pakistani society. The act brought to light consequences and exploitations a victim has to face at the hands of parents, spouse, or the in-laws as a result of a forced marriage; ranging from emotional exploitations to physical abuse. The play tried to enlighten audience about legislations and protection measures a victim may exercise in such a situation. The event was a massive success with fervent participation by local community, as well as relevant stakeholders including lawyers, religious scholars / figures, “Nikah Khuwans” and parliamentarians.
There was a Q & A session held after the performance that shed much light on the understanding of participants and the awareness the forum has brought to the assembly.
The distinguished Guest Ch. Rabnawaz Khan Minhas Assistant Commissioner urged the need for such a campaign by provision of information to the stakeholders for increasing public awareness about relevant legislations, especially the Civil Protection Law, 2007 in UK for British dual nationals. It was suggested that an increase in awareness is required among community, Nikah Khuwans, lawyers and judges dealing with such situations. He stated that his could be achieved through targeted awareness-raising programs such as this one for members of the local legal profession, advice centers, community organizations and legislatures.
In her address, Ms. Khalida Salimi, Executive Director SACH, shared the 14-year long collaboration of SACH with the British High Commission Islamabad for women’s rights in Pakistan. She gave a brief introduction of the organization and shared with the audience that the organization is devoted to victims of violence and torture, and is one of the leading organizations that have contributed to the formulation of Civil Protection Law, 2007 in UK. She further shared that SACH is an entity of dedicated professionals, and since inception, SACH has developed and implemented various initiatives through holistic approach, in close coordination with relevant actors, ministries and other stakeholders for prevention of human rights violations. These programs have spanned from grass-root level measures to broad-spectrum actions. She thanked all the, participants, and the British High Commission for supporting the efforts and appreciated the work of performers.
At the end of the event, Ms. Lucy Monaghar from British High Commission delivered a note of thanks by appreciating participants and joining hands with SACH and BHC in the struggle for basic human rights in Pakistan. He mentioned the commitment of the British Government of channeling advocacy for effective legislation in Pakistan for elimination of this sheer abuse of a fundamental human right. He lauded the commendable efforts of SACH in this regard and appreciated the participants for understanding of the issue and depicting it through their performance. He thanked the honorable guests on behalf of SACH and BHC, for giving their precious time to honor the efforts made thereof.

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UN Torture Victims Day

SACH – Struggle for Change has been providing rehabilitation services to the victims of torture in Pakistan for the last several years and is devoted to establishing a torture-free society in Pakistan. The organization is one of the first in Pakistan having mandate to work for elimination of torture, and has played a significant role in the ratification of UN Convention against Torture (UNCAT) and other human rights conventions including Convention on Rights of Child (CRC) and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
SACH has been engaged in regional collaboration with UN Voluntary Fund for Torture Victims and International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Survivors for the last two decades. In commemoration of the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, SACH- Struggle for Change organized a round table discussion with a group of psychologists at Shelton Hotel, Peshawar. The event aimed to sensitize the psychiatric service providers in order to have a better understanding of torture issue in the country. SACH has organized this workshop as part of its campaign in line with the international theme for the year “Right to Rehabilitation”. A number of psychologists from Peshawar participated in the discussion and showed their keen interest as it was an opportunity for all those who seek a world without torture to speak out.
This capacity building training highlighted the significance of rehabilitation and initiated a discussion on rehabilitation services for torture survivors. Two sessions were scheduled in the discussion. First session was on “Conceptual Clarity of Torture & Its Effects”, initiated by Ms. Kulsoom Zehra, Senior Psychosocial Counselor – SACH. The aim of the session was to equip psychologists with the awareness on physical, psychological and sexual effects of torture on primary, secondary and tertiary victims of torture. Ms. Ibtesam Ajmal, Clinical Psychologist-SACH, headed the second session on “Role of Psychologist in Rehabilitation of Torture Survivors”. Since health professionals, especially psychologists are directly involved in the rehabilitation process of torture victims, the knowledge of its various types and kinds and eventual consequences immensely helps in improving the quality of services available to the victims. The participants were also involved in pre- and post-test evaluations to gauge the efficacy of the activity conducted.
At the end of the event, certificates were distributed among the participants and a working group of Psychologists was developed for rehabilitation of torture victims; where after Ms. Khalida Salimi, Executive Director- SACH thanks by appreciating participants for attending the event and joining hands for this noble cause. Ms. Salimi shared that SACH always observes the International Day in support of Victims of Torture, as we are convinced that the successful eradication of torture requires positive efforts of stakeholders at all levels and from all areas of society.

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World Refugee Day - Islamabad

SACH has conducted an orientation session in Islamabad for urban youth in refugee community in commemoration of the World Refugee Day on Thursday June 19, 2015. Ms. Shazia Azhar from SACH - Struggle for Change gave a brief introduction of the organization and shared with audience that the organization is devoted to the victims of violence and torture. The discussion took place within the context of World Refugee Day. The purpose of the activity was to sensitize the refugee youth about various psychosocial issues arising in the context of refugee situation. Violence leaves its adverse psychological impact and it is not a hidden fact that refugees are one of the most vulnerable segments to violence and torture. A session by Ms. Tayyaba Tahir, Psychosocial Counselor – SACH, highlighted the disturbed psychological patterns due to violence and ways to deal with such problems. The participants were encouraged to take active part in the discussion, where they shared various problems they face in the country of asylum. The discussion was directed in a way to assist the participants find solutions to their problems by them.
Ms. Khalida Salimi, Executive Director SACH stated in her message for the commemoration that the organization has been working for the refugees living in Pakistan. She shared that Pakistan is the host to one of the largest refugee population in the world and SACH has been working for these refugee for the last 20 years. The celebrations will not only highlight the refugee situation in the country, but will also help develop a better understanding regarding refugee lives and their conditions among human rights activists working for the cause of refugees.

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UN’s International Women’s Day

To commemorate UN’s International Women’s Day and Beijing+20 Campaign“Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”, SACH – Struggle for change organized series of awareness raising events in Peshawar.
An awareness raising event on the theme of “Equality for Women was organized by SACH in collaboration with Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at Abu Ali Seena Medical Institute, Peshawar on 8th March, 2015.
The distinguished Chief Guest Ms. Rabia Basri, President Women Wing PTI, Peshawar, inaugurated the event and highlighted the commitment of Government to the cause of women empowerment and their access to equal rights in the society. Ms. Mastoora Stanakzai, Director AMI while sharing her thoughts, appreciated SACH and PRM for the efforts to raise community’s awareness on the issue.
A significant number of students participated in the event and performed on their national songs and did role-plays, recited the poems highlighting the issues related to women’s rights among refugee as well as the host community. Afterwards, a declamation contest was held among students of AMI. The subject was “Harmful Traditional Practices and Violation of Women’s Rights in Afghan Traditions”. The jury judged each participant and the students were conferred with prizes and appreciation certificates for their involvement and inputs for the event.
Ms. Nida Nauman, Project Manager of SACH concluded the event and read the message from Khalida Salimi, Executive Director of SACH. In her message, she emphasized the importance of the day and said that it was the foremost duty of every individual to raise their voice for their rights and eradicate the evil of distinction and prejudice against women in every aspect. She further shared that the organization has been working for the vulnerable communities including refugees living in Pakistan and organization is fully devoted to the mission of fighting for Human Rights of the women.
At the end of the event a ray of hope was seen amongst young girls about their important place in the society.

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World Refugee Day - Peshawar

Every year since 2001, 20th  June is marked as World Refugee Day. The civic groups around the world celebrate the day to highlight the vulnerabilities and challenges of the refugee community. Through various activities and events, attention is drawn towards the millions of refugees living in multiple countries of asylum after being forced to flee their country under fear of persecution and hounding.
In reference to the World Refugee Day, 2015 SACH-Struggle for Change in collaboration with Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration,  organized a one day activity at Girls Primary School, Mera Kachori Camp, Peshawar. Participation from both the host and refugee communities was ensured in the event. Mr. Arbab Arshad Assistant Director Repatriation - CAR was the Chief guest of the event. Refugee  community elders and school staff members also graced the ceremony.
SACH representatives from Peshawar  welcome the guest and participants of the event. Students from refugee camp based school actively participated in the speech competition in reference to the World Refugee Day's theme 2015 i.e. Refugees being ordinary people living through extraordinary times. Other activities involved theme based  skits, songs, display of stalls depicting embroidery work, and other art work including paintings and calligraphy.
After the performances and round of stalls by the guests, the Principal of the Girls Primary School, Mera Kachori Camp, addressed the guests and participants. Mr. Waqar Maroof distributed prizes among the winners of the speech competition. The event  formally concluded with the closing remarks from the chief guest who highlighted the dire need to protect the rights of the refugee community. He appreciated the vital role being played by SACH-Struggle for Change in protecting the rights  of marginalized segments of the society including the  refugee community.

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World Refugee Day - Haripur

20th of June is declared as Refugee Day by the United Nations. In this connection SACH-Struggle for Change in collaboration with the Bureau of Population, Refugee & Migration has celebrated "World Refugee Day".
The event was held at Community Hall Khalabat Township Haripur where Afghan refugees, Schools, Local Community, officials including representatives of NADRA and CAR have participated. Mr. Ahmed Nawaz Khan, Administrator refugee Camp (In Charge Security Police District Haripur & Mansehra)was the chief guest at the occasion.

Representative from SACH welcomed all the participants of the event and highlighted the importance of the day.Students of Rehman Public School and Aba Ayub Ansar Higher Secondary School  performed different role plays on the 2015 theme of World Refugee Day i.e. Refugees being ordinary people living through extraordinary times. Both the schools had actively participated in the event to make it success. The chief Guest had distributed prizes to the performers.

Different NGOs and government officials were also invited as guests at the event. According to SACH "World Refugee Day" was an effort to rejuvenate the strong ethnic and religious ties between Afghan Refugees and local community. At the end of the event, the students were conferred with prizes and appreciation certificates for their involvement and inputs for the event.

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Police Sensitization Workshop Peshawar

A Police Sensitization Workshop was held on 04th June, 2015 at VIP House, University Town Peshawar. Police personnel deployed at PS Town and Tehkal participated in this workshop. After introduction by the participants, session on SACH and its services was presented by SACH Lawyer. The Lawyer said that SACH has been working as implementing partner of UNHCR, apart from being a nationwide supporter of the victims of torture.
Mr. Fakhar Zaman, Protection Associate from UNHCR briefed the participants on the global mandate of UNHCR and refugee & IDP situation in Pakistan.
Mr. Tariq (DSP-Town Circle) graced the event as Chief Guest, and shared his valuable views over the importance of this workshop.
Mr. Awais-ur-Rehman, Task Manger-SACH, shared concluding remarks and thanked DSP for his presence and interest in Police sensitization Workshop.
At the end of workshop, certificates were distributed among the participants and lunch served.

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Workshop with “Public Prosecution”

SACH-Peshawar has conducted a consultation workshop with Public Prosecutors on May 23, 2015 in Peshawar with the support of United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
Mr. Awais ur rehman Task manager SACH welcomed all the participants and appreciate their presence. Ms. Nuzhat Taskeen Lawer SACH shared the journey of SACH. She gave a brief introduction of the organization and shared with audience that the organization is devoted to the victims of violence and torture. She also shared the services and activities of SACH for refugees.
Mr. Nasir Jalil from UNHCR shared the background and mandate of UNHCR for refugees and IDPs. A video was played on multimedia, showing the international refugee and IDPs situation. The discussion took place within the context of International Protection framework. The purpose of the workshop was to have consultation with the Public Prosecutors regarding refugees around the world with special focus on refugee situation and their legal status in Pakistan.
Another key point in the workshop was highlighted by Advocate Mr. Kashif Mustafa Resource person from Punjab bar Council that was to highlight the available refugee management and effects of Sexual Gender Based Violence and available legal support for SGBV cases. 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 services and activities of SACH for refugees. 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 services and activities of SACH for refugees. During the session he conducted group work with the participants for better understanding of Afghan refugees issues.
Mr. Muhammad Tariq mentioned some key points about the Solution Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR), which is implemented under the overall umbrella of the National Policy on Afghan Management & Repatriation Strategy (AMRS). He further highlighted that SSAR is the outcome of extensive deliberations and consultations by the Governments of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and UNHCR and has a full support of the International community. The Strategy provides a useful roadmap to address protection and durable solution for Afghan refugees through regional and international co-operation.
Mr. Bilal Mohyuddin director Administration-Prosecution shared his views regarding workshop and appreciated SACH and UNHCR effort towards refugees.
Concluding remarks were given by Mr. Jacques Franquin (Head of UNHCR, Sub Office Peshawar) highlighted the importance of role of law enforcement agencies in ensuring to solve Refugee problems. He shared SSAR will be improved more in future. He shared that UNHCR is continuously coordinating with all the relevant authorities for the betterment of Refugees.
At the end, Ms. Shazia Azhar, Project Coordinator from SACH extended heartfelt towards Prosecution Department , Head of UNHCR Sub-Office Peshawar, representative from Home Department and SACH colleagues. She also thanked the participants for their active participation and making the event successful. She further added that the workshop will serve as a framework to develop better understandings regarding refugee’s lives and their conditions.

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International Women Day 9th March

An activity to mark UN International women’s day was organized by SACH at Marifat afghan girls’ school Tehkal, Peshawar on 9th March, 2015. Students of different afghan girls’ schools have performed role plays by keeping the theme of the day in view “Empowering women, empowering humanity, picture it”. The principals of different afghan girls’ schools while speaking on the event have highlighted the issues being faced by afghan women.  The spokespersons from UNHCR, CAR and SACH representatives have expressed their views over the theme of the day.
The purpose of celebrating the event is to aware public at large that women can play vital role in the society, if they have been given fair opportunities. At the end of the event a ray of hope was seen amongst young girls about their important place in the society. It has proved to be successful event and shield/certificates were distributed among the role play competitors. Vote of thanks was extended by SACH to all the respected participants, guests and organizers. 

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One day festivity on UN’s 16 Days of Activism

One day festivity on UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, organized by SACH-Struggle for Change,
held on 09th Dec, 2014 at PUTA Hall, University of Peshawar in collaboration with Center for Disaster Preparedness and Management, University of Peshawar, Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees and with support of UNHCR.
The programme was inaugurated at 10:00am by the Honorable Chief Guest, Mujib Rehman, the Vice Chancellor Peshawar
University, accompanied by Fazle Hadi, Registrar Peshawar University,Muhammad Fawad Khan, Assistant Commissioner
Peshawar, Mushtaq Ahmad Jan, Director Disaster Preparedness and Management, Ms. Wajiha Afzal from UNHCR, Mr.Awais–ur-Rehman Task Manager SACH, Hammad Khan from CAR.accompanied by Zia Ullah Bangesh, MPA-Kohat. They went through all the stalls including paintings.
Students from the community, INGOs, NGOs, and other government organizations participated in the event. The honorable Chief Guest and other respectable guests expressed their views regarding this year’s theme i.e. “Protecting Rights and Preserving Childhoods: Working Together to Address Child Marriage”.
Painting exhibition was also one of the activities in the festivity, apart from other stalls including cultural dresses and food items. A competition of paintings was also held, the jury members from Arts and Design Department University of Peshawar marked the best paintings. They were given prizes.
The Executive Director SACH Ms. Khalida Salimi, Mr. Zia Ullah Bangesh, MPA-KP assembly, Mr. Michel and Ms. Anna, Ephraim Tan, Ms. Zaineb, from UNHCR also joined . They all were happy to see maximum participation from the community as well as other government and non government organizations.
Later in the event, Special Assistant to Chief Minister-KP on Social Welfare, Dr. Meher Taj Roghani, attended the event. She expressed her valuable views, and appreciated the activity arranged by SACH, UNHCR, CAR and Disaster Management. She also desired to organize such an activity especially for women.
In the closing ceremony of the event Mr. Mustafa Sarwar (Operational Coordinator-UNHCR), Ms. Minako Kakamo (Senior
Protection Officials-UNHCR) and other international colleagues joined the festivity.
The representatives from Afghan refugee Communities shared their views regarding the theme of the day. They also
highlighted GBV issues of the Afghan community.
Events around the world are conducted on UN’s 16 days of activism against gender based violence especially violence
against women; said by Mustafa Sarwar. He appreciated the efforts of SACH, CDPM, and CAR and said that through Art exhibition a message regarding early age marriages went to huge public.
The stage secretary gave briefing on painting exhibition and its Jury members. Ms. Khalida Salimi and Mr. Mustafa Sarwar distributed prizes among the painting winners.
Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Jan, Director-CDPM appreciated the efforts of SACH. He said that involvement of youth in such events is necessary. He said that CDPM is working with different NGO, INGOs and UN agencies and in coming years he is looking to work jointly with SACH.
At the end of the event, Ms. Khalida Salimi, Executive Director-SACH thanked all the honorable guests, CDPM, Afghan Community members, representatives from different organizations for their active participation.

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Awareness Raising Event on Child Marriages

An awareness raising event on Child Marriages issue was held in Haripur on Monday December 08, 2014. The main purpose of the event was to spread an important message that child marriages are an issue of concern in the refugee communities. This important event was organized by SACH - Struggle for Change in Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.
SACH is non-government nonprofit organization working to exterminate torture and violence from society and to protect marginalized communities. The organization is not only supporting Pakistani community, but also focuses closely on the refugee population. This awareness-raising session in Haripur was conducted in commemoration of UN’s 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender Based Violence. Mr. Gohar Nawaz Khan, Member Provincial Assembly KP was the chief guest at the occasion where as other dignitaries included DA CAR, EDO Health, EDO Education, DPO Haripur and DC Haripur.
Nida Nauman from SACH shared in her welcome note the objectives of the session. She briefed that the purpose of the session was to draw public attention to the issue of child marriages, which is a breach of human rights due to the nature of child’s consent – or lack of consent to enter into such a relationship. 
A significant number of students participated in the event from 07 schools, including 02 Afghan schools, who performed on their national songs, speeches and role-plays highlighting the issues related to the child marriage phenomenon and its effects. There was also a tableau performance by Afghan street children. Various stalls depicting national / regional culture, food, arts and crafts were put up by students and the local community.
The distinguished Chief Guest inaugurated the event and highlighted that Child marriage denies a girl her right to education and leaves her far less capable to take advantage of economic opportunities. Mr. Wahid Gul Representative of PRM in his speech emphasized the commitment of PRM to the cause of refugee rights and its protection. While sharing their thoughts, they appreciated SACH’s efforts for raising the community’s awareness on the issue. The students were conferred with prizes and appreciation certificates for their involvement and inputs for the event.
In her vote of thanks, Ms. Khalida Salimi, Executive Director of SACH shared that the organization has been working for the vulnerable communities including refugees living in Pakistan. She said that child marriage “often flies under the radar’ during emergencies because it is not caught in assessments and people move about making it difficult to judge how much it happens. Early/child marriage has become a coping mechanism in the difficult circumstances the refugees live in and in many societies it has been a cultural tradition, practice and security need.
 

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One Day Refugee Committee Training

A “One Day Refugee Committee Training” for both male and female Refugee committee members of Satellite Unit Central
was conducted at Akhwan Inn Hotel. The topics that were discussed were;
•    Community Development
•    Types of Community Development
•    Communication
•    Committee
•    Structure of Committee
•    Roles and Responsibilities of Committee
•    Regular committee Meetings
•    Coordination
•    Identification of Issue
•    Person With Specific Needs (PWSN)
•    SGBV
•    Record Keeping

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Senior Police Officials Workshop

A workshop was held with Senior Police Officials of Peshawar on 01.10.2014 in Pearl Continental Hotel, Peshawar. It comprised of Assistant Sub-Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors, Inspectors, and Mr. Khalid Mehmood Hamdani AIG (Operations) Peshawar graced the event as the Chief Guest. SACH-Struggle for change organized the workshop with support of UNHCR. It was aimed at to sensitize the senior police officials on human and refugee rights, the current legal status of registered afghan refugees, status and value of POR card, the role of Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees (CAR), role of Child Protection Units, role of SACH and the mandate of UNHCR.
Ms Minako Kakuma, Senior Protection Officer UNHCR Sub-Office Peshawar welcomed all the participants. She appreciated them for sparing time from their busy and round the clock schedule. She also shared the mandate and services of UNHCR for refugees and IDPs. Mr. Bashir Ahmed, Protection Officer presented a brief introduction of UNHCR, sharing that the agency is devoted to serve Refugees around the globe. He briefed the participants about the core mandate of UNHCR which included the ratification/application of international convention for the protection and well-being of refugees.
Presenting an introduction to SACH, Mr. Awais-ur-Rehman, Task Manager from SACH - Struggle for Change shared that the organization is working on the victims of violence and torture. He also shared that SACH has been working with UNHCR as its Implementing Partner, extending free legal assistance to registered refugees.
Another key point in the workshop was highlighted by Ms. Wajiha Afzal from UNHCR on the issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV). Mr. Bilal Khan from KP Child Protection Unit threw light on the prevalence and effects of Gender Based Violence and Child protection. The discussion took place in the context of Police officials and role of law enforcement agencies.
The presence and effects of stress are very common in society. The importance of stress management has a very vital place now a day. Mr. Zia Ahmad (Senior Trainer, NIM) conducted a session regarding stress management and highlighted some very effective techniques to overcome stress.
The honourable Chief Guest, Mr. Khalid Mehmood Hamdani AIG (Operations), thanked SACH and UNHCR for organizing the activity. He shared that the police department is the custodian of violence in a state. He discussed that police is there where there is a crime, he is on the front line to control the law and order situation and provide peace and security to the citizens. He advised his subordinates sitting over there in the workshop to implement and observe whatever they have learnt in the workshop. He directed his sub-ordinate police officials to perform the duties efficiently regarding refugees’ issues and highly appreciated SACH for providing such a great and informative platform for them.
Concluding remarks of the workshop were given by Mr. Mustafa Server (Senior Operational Coordinator- Sub Office Peshawar) highlighting the importance of role of law enforcement bodies in assuring the improvement of Refugee problem. He shared that UNHCR is continuously coordinating with all the relevant authorities for the better facilitation to the Refugees. He added that more effective efforts should be planned in future for the betterment of refugees by the government, law enforcement agencies and private bodies.
In her vote of thanks, Ms. Shazia Azhar, Project Coordinator from SACH extended heartfelt thanks to the Management of Police Department for granting approval for the workshop. She hoped that the workshop will serve as a framework to develop better understandings regarding refugee’s lives and their conditions. She thanked chief guest, members from UNHCR, Home Department, Child Protection Unit KP and all participants for their active participation and making the activity successful.

 

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Capacity Building Training

A capacity building training workshop was held at the Seminar Hall for Disaster Preparedness and Management, University of Peshawar on 30.09.2014. The workshop was organized with the purpose to build the capacity of SACH Staff deployed at Peshawar. It comprised the following sessions:

1.    Basic Philosophy of Social/Community Mobilization by Mushtaq Ahmad Jan
2.    Social/Community Mobilization Cycle by Mushtaq Ahmad Jan
3.    Area/Community Profiling and Organizational Networking by Mushtaq Ahmad Jan
4.    Report Writing by Muhammad Farooq Khan
5.    Professional Correspondence by Muhammad Farooq Khan
6.    Feedback and Evaluation

The workshop was initiated with verses from the Holy Quran. Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Jan delivered his informative sessions on Social Mobilization, Mobilization Cycle and Area Profiling & Organizational Networking. Group discussions were held, giving a task to each group with presentation by the representative from each group. This discussion and presentation was related to two scenes from a sample community, picking out there from positive and negative impact of social/community mobilizers. He presented the definitions of each topic, and further went on saying its basic essentials, and things to be kept in mind while mobilizing the community. He said that a mobilizer should have sufficient knowledge about a community he goes to. He should also respect their culture, he must be observer rather than judgmental. He should listen more and speak little and welcome the opinion of general people.

Mr. Muhammad Farooq Khan continued with sessions on Report Writing and Professional Correspondence. He informed the participants about the common errors done by a reporter. He shared the different kinds and classifications of report writing, both short and long reporting, its essential ingredients and the common errors to be avoided while preparing a report.

In his vote of thanks, Mr. Awais-ur-Rehman, Task Manager SACH-Struggle for Change extended heartfelt thanks to Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Jan and Mr. Muhammad Farooq Khan for their facilitation and delivering the sessions on Social Mobilization and Reporting Writing. Mr. Awais desired for more sessions on these topics in future, filling a gap on the subject.

 

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Public Prosecutors Workshop

A Human Rights Consultation Workshop with Public Prosecutors of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, organized by SACH-Struggle for Change, was held on 27.08.2014 at VIP House, Peshawar. Purpose of the workshop was consultation and discussion with Public Prosecutors of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regarding the role of SACH for refugees, global mandate of UNHCR, current status of refugees in Pakistan, discussion regarding human and refugee rights under international and local laws, etc. About 25 participants attended the workshop from prosecution department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Divine note started proceeding of the workshop followed by a welcome address by Ms. Friederike Adlung, Senior Protection Officer UNHCR, Peshawar. She briefed the participants on the background and mandate of UNHCR for refugees and IDPs. Mr. Nasir Jalil, Protection Associate delivered a brief introduction of UNHCR including history of refugees, human rights and humanitarian laws. 

Mr. Awais ur Rehman, Task Manager SACH Peshawar informed the participants about the role and services being rendered by SACH for refugees, including free legal assistance, psychosocial support, etc. Ms Wajiha from UNHCR delivered a productive session on GBV, followed by another session on Child Protection by Mr. Bilal Khan, Child Protection Officer, Peshawar, KPK.

Mr. Zia Ahmad Khan, Principal Trainer (NIM) delivered a lecture on Stress Management. He declared prosecution department is overburdened which ultimately produce stress on them. His stress management techniques were very effective, and praised by the participants.

The honorable Chief Guest, Mrs. Asmat ullah Gandapur, thanked and appreciated SACH and UNHCR for arranging the workshop. He briefed the participants regarding the importance of prosecution in the criminal justice system. He said that although the prosecutors lack basic facilities and resources, but still they are delivering good services.

At the end of the workshop, Ms Shazia Azhar, Program Coordinator SACH Islamabad extended a vote of thanks to the Chief Guest, representatives from UNHCR, home department, child protection unit KPK and all the participants for their active participation and making the activity successful.

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Round Table Dialogue

ISLAMABAD- SACH has been engaged in regional collaboration with UN Voluntary Fund for Torture Victims and International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Survivors for the last two decades. As part of its regular interventions, SACH has organized a series of three medical camps in the month of June 2014 in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore, District Jail Faisalabad and District Jail Attock in connection with the campaign in support of victims of violence and torture. During these medical camps, a total of 130 inmates comprising of men, women and children victims of torture have been provided with free medical assistance and psychosocial counseling for their torture related issues.
In commemoration of the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, SACH- Struggle for Change organized a round table dialogue on the theme for the year 2014 “NO IMPUNITY” at SACH Project Office, Islamabad. The event aimed to show support for torture survivors and their families. A number of lawyers from local courts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi participated in the dialogue and showed their keen interest as it was an opportunity for all those who seek a world without torture to speak out.
The dialogue focused on the problem of impunity that encourages human rights violations by not indicting the torture perpetrators. In all regions of the world, crimes of torture are committed every day against men, women and children. In most cases, no one is prosecuted and punished, as these crimes are committed with impunity. Impunity is the failure of the state to fully investigate violations; to bring to justice and punish perpetrators; to provide victims with ef¬fective remedies; and to take all necessary steps to prevent the violation to happen again.
It was stated by the participating lawyers that impunity for torturers prevents victims of torture to see justice done. A consensus was developed among participants that violations must be fully, promptly, impartially and thoroughly investigated, perpetrators prosecuted; and if their guilt is established, they must be punished accord¬ingly. The congregation also highlighted the fact that under international law, i.e. according to the UN Convention against Torture that the government of Pakistan has ratified, states are obliged to investigate alleged crimes of torture and to bring perpetrators to justice. Hence, it is     the state’s responsibility to assure that all acts of torture are defined as crimi¬nal offences under national penal law and that these offences are punishable by appropriate sanctions and legislation.
At the end of the program, the Executive Director, SACH - Struggle for Change Ms. Khalida Salimi gave a note of thanks by appreciating participants for taking active part in the discussion and joining hands for this noble cause.
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Memorandum of Understanding

A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MoU) has been signed at Islamabad on 25th of June, 2014 between the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights, Government of Pakistan and the SACH – Struggle for Change. The objective of this MoU is to extend cooperation for accomplishment of respective mandates of both the organizations; on a non-exclusive basis.
The MoU was signed by Barriester Zafarullah (Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights Government of Pakistan) and Ms. Khalida Salimi (Executive Director, SACH). The scope and aim of this cooperation is to maximize the promotion and protection of human rights in the country. The Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights is responsible for implementation of laws, policies and measures for the promotion and protection of human rights, their harmonization with international instruments and reporting on all UN Human Rights Conventions ratified by the Government. SACH has established linkages and engagements with relevant line ministries to create enabling environment and a Human Rights culture in the country. Both “Parties” were keen to work jointly on issues of common interest.
After the signing of MoU, Barrister Zafarullah, Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights delivered a note of thanks by appreciating SACH for extending cooperation for the accomplishment of their respective mandates. Ms.Khalida Salimi also shared her views and appreciated the efforts of Ministry towards a Human Rights responsive society.

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Workshop on Hague Convention

Guest speaker
Muhammad Majid Bashir
Attorney at Law

Participants:
Lawyers (male & females) from Islamabad and Rawalpindi

Chief Guests:
Mr. Albert and Ms. Amamma from British High Commission

One day work shop on Hague Convention was conducted at SACH office Premises Islamabad on 27th March, 2014. Detailed presentation on Issues & Challenges of Hague Convention and UK – Pakistan Judicial Protocol on Children Matters was presented by guest speaker Mr. Muhammad Majid Bashir -Attorney at Law. Case studies related to Hague Convention was also presented at the workshop and a comprehensive exercise interrelated to the presented case studies was also completed. All of the participants were given the certificate of participation.

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Poster Exhibition

At  (PNCA) On 20th & 21st March 2014.

SACH-Struggle for change in collaboration with British High Commission organised a Poster Exhibition on the topic 'Forced Marriages' in Pakistan National Council Of Arts Islamabad (PNCA) on 20th and 21st March 2014.
Forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both parties is married against his or her will. People who are forced to get married might be emotionally blackmailed, threatened or tricked into going abroad.
Number of students from different schools and universities participated in this event by designing posters depicting the menace of Forced Marriages.
Some of the posters were made by using digital techniques and some were handmade art pieces.
Students shared their ideas by making posters like hands tied with rope, rings entangled in chain and thoughts coming in the mind of victim of her miserable future after getting married forcefully.
The top three poster were selected by our expert jury members and were given cash prizes and certificates.
The purpose of this event was to create awareness among the general public on the issue of forced marriages as it is illegal, un-Islamic and also painful for those who lack from their choice to choose.
The exhibition was attended by people from different walk of life who appreciated the effort of organising the event on such taboo subject.
The message conveyed through the posters was very clear ,strong and heart touching.
The practice of marrying young boys and girls without their free consent is unjust and it effects their present as well as their future.
The closing ceremony was graced by British high commissioner along with diplomats from other embassies.

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