In October, The Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Team Dur-Andesh, With their project SUADV, Visited Govt. Shah Abdul Latif High School, Hirabad.
Engaged students and teachers In different Activities, to create an understanding that how Domestic Violence exists and must be Recognized as an unlawful, inhuman act , if experiencing such a situation, how can they make them self safe, through reaching out the helplines, counsellors and legal help.
Project SUADV (Step up against Domestic Violence) is an Initiative of team Dur-Andesh; A team of 8 young leaders from 7 different diverse regions of Pakistan, including KPK, Islamabad, Quetta, Pattoki, Multan, Hyderabad, Karachi.
The team is collected by Project Markhor 2020, by Youth Impact, one of those young leaders Dua Nizamani, Initiated an Awareness session, Purple Ribbon Campaign, followed by a Self-defense training, at Govt. Shah Abdul Latif Girls high school, The Organizer said “Domestic Violence Is something that is so firmly rooted in our society, according to JPMA (Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association) 70-90% 0f Pakistani women are subjected to Domestic Violence, yet it’s most the ignored conversation, it’s a taboo to if one speaks about violence with in families or complains about his/her intimate partner, or brother, even when if one is choked to death”,
The informative session focused on 4 points, 1. What is Domestic Violence?, 2. How to Identify it? , 3. What are the types of Domestic Violence?, 4. How to keep yourself safe from it?, It’s so crucial to understand such violence because in most cases, the abuser normalizes the abuse, at such an extent that the victim itself becomes incapable of considering it as an act of violence, and this is one of the major reason for it’s rapid growth.
The session was followed by purple ribbon campaign, the students were distribute purple ribbons and were made aware this is the sign of domestic violence awareness month and now they are part of this global movement and how now this is their soul duty to speak and share this message to others among their surroundings.
Which was followed by an energizer by Fatima Nizamani, With their chants on “Step Up Against Domestic Violence”, “Gharelu Tashudud Na Manzoor!”, they headed towards the final, Self-defense training, the trainer Aniqa Baloch taught them basic Self-defense techniques that’ll help them in most common violence situations, The students were eager to learn such techniques and practiced it among themselves in pairs. The trainer said “according to a survey 90% of Pakistani women do not participate in sports and have never worked on their physical strength, which also adds to lessen their self esteem, if only girls would be confident, no body would dare to do anything., Girls should be introduced to some sort of sports to maintain their strength which automatically will boost their confidence”.
The session ended with their palms raised at front with hashtag “Step Up Against Domestic Violence”.
Domestic Violence is still a crucial problem and we must create awareness to stop form its lowest.
Pakistan’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Protection Act, Sindh and Balochistan, 2013 and Protection of Women Against Violence Act, Punjab 2016, and The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Domestic Violence against Women (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2019, ( still hasn’t passed, due to opposition from religious groups.), Protection against Violence Act were passed by 2013 in Sindh and Balochistan, and in Punjab by 2016 but yet the implementation is still mundane, Because of it’s Conventional roots Pakistan’s Society still thrives to have such violence with ratio of 3 in 1 homes, and it must be stopped from the very beginning, from one’s home.