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.