- Theater For Development
- Police Sensitization Work Shop
- Lawyers Sensitization Work Shop
- Police Sensitization Work Shop
- Health Sensitization Work Shop
- Health Sensitization Work Shop
- Health Sensitization Work Shop
- Health Sensitization WorkShop
- Police Sensitization Workshop
- SACH Meeting with Chairman NCHRP
- POLICE SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP
- LAWYERS’ SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP
- STAKEHOLDERS DIALOGUE ON GBV & Child Protection 2016
- International Women's Day in Peshawar - 2016
- Annual Retreat - Sawat & Malamjabba
- Annual Retreat - Highland Country Club
- Debate Competition - Right to Choose
- Educational Feista at Nothia
- Educational Event at Afghan Colony
- Deliberation at Abu Ali Sena Institute
- Orientation Session - Rawalpindi
- Board Meeting - August 2015
- Theatre on Forced Marriages
- UN Torture Victims Day
- World Refugee Day - Islamabad
- UN’s International Women’s Day
- World Refugee Day - Peshawar
- World Refugee Day - Haripur
- Police Sensitization Workshop Peshawar
- Workshop with “Public Prosecution”
A theater performance was arranged by SACH – Struggle for Change on 28th December, 2018 in auditorium - Police lines, Police Head Quarters Islamabad. Its main purpose was to sensitize police officials on issues pertaining to human rights and performing their duties honestly. The theater activity’s theme was based on concepts regarding efficient policing and proposing strategies on handling intense situations during work and guarding human rights. The total number of participants who attended the performance was ninety seven (97). The participants enjoyed the performances and it was suggested to have more of such activities in future.
SACH – Struggle for Change arranged a workshop on 13th December, 2018 with junior police officials of ICT. This workshop was also organized to analyze and access the concepts of police officials regarding handling pressure and proposing strategies on how to bear stress and handle intense situations during their work with respect to protection of human rights at the same time.The Workshop was attended by thirty (30) participants.
SACH – Struggle for Change organized a One-day Lawyer’s Sensitization Workshop with lawyers across district Swat and Haripur on 22nd October 2018 at Swat Bar Association, Swat (KPK). SACH took onboard stakeholders from the legal fraternity and the activity was attended by president of Swat Bar Council Mr. AkhtarMunir and Sardar Ahmad khan (advocate high court).The total number of participants was thirty nine (39).Read More
The workshop was organized by SACH – Struggle for Change in Police lines, Police Head quarter Islamabad on 18th October, 2018. The main purpose of the workshop was to aware and sensitize police force deployed in ICT on issues related to stress during duty hours and protection of Human Rights. They were guided mechanisms for reducing stress. Policing is a tough job and one has to be attentive all the time which could give rise to stress therefore they were guided information on how they could reduce their stress and guard human rights. This workshop was attended by thirty three (33) participants.
SACH arranged a one-day sensitization workshop with the health professionals of DHQ Haripur District, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa on 8th September, 2018. The concept of the workshop was to sensitize the health professionals which includeddoctors, nurses and technicians from the DHQ on identification and treatment of torture victims and proposing them strategies on providing suitable medical assistance to them. The workshop was attended by thirty five participants.
SACH – Struggle for Change arranged a workshop with the paramedic staff of Federal Government Services Hospital, F-6 Islamabad on 8th august 2018. The workshop was attended by forty (40) participants in total. The main objective of the workshop was to sensitize theparamedic staff on treating torture victims and proposing them strategies on providing timely appropriate assistance to them.
Struggle for Change organized a workshop with final year nursing students of PIMS Nursing College G-8, Islamabad on 10th August, 2018.The purpose of the workshop was to aware and sensitize the participants on identification and treatment of torture victims and to provide them with knowledge on regulations of law to help them deal with the torture cases in an effective way. The workshop was attended by ninety seven participants.
The workshop was arranged in the Auditorium, Federal Government Services Hospital, F-6 Islamabad on 17th July 2018 with their HODs on Identification and treatment of torture victims. The main purpose of the workshop was to sensitize thehealth professionals on treating torture victims and proposing strategies on providing legal assistance to the tortured patients. The workshop was attended by twenty seven (27) participants.Read More
The workshop was arranged in the Auditorium, Police lines Islamabad on 8th November, 2018 by SACH – Struggle for Change. The 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 while performing their tasks. The Workshop was attended by twenty seven (27) participants which was a good representation from the Police officials.Read More
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. SACHextended 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.
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).
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
Annual BPRM Project retreat at "Highland Country Club" Islamabad.Read More
Competition on "Right to choose" Assurance of Blissful wedlock amongst various universities of Islamabad students, conducted at Bahria University, Islamabad on December 10, 2015.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
A Board Meeting was held on August 06, 2015 at SACH head office IslamabadRead More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.