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PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
table of contents what is pwa? vision of pwa. aims of pwa. founder of pwa. projects of pwa. data of pwa awards what is pwa? vision of pwa. aims of pwa. founder of pwa. projects of pwa. data of pwa awards
PWA is a voluntary, a-political, non-governmental organization. WHAT IS PWA?
Our Vision… –the elimination of violence on women, by bringing victims voice from grassroots level to National/International forums. –the establishment of an “accountability system”of the perpetrators of violence. WHAT IS PWA?
Aims and Objectives create awareness on gender based violence women’s political empowerment aims for legislation on domestic and social violence against women. WHAT IS PWA?
Founder of PWA need for proper legislation to deter it. She campaigns against the systematic oppression of women and particularly against so – called “honor killings “ and “ chulla or stove deaths”. Shahnaz Bokhari is the founder and head of PWA. A clinical psychologist by profession, she founded the PWA with a few friends in 1986. Ms.Bokhari’s work has focused specifically on violence against women, and the
Recognized for her work the world over, Ms. Bokhari’s efforts have been acknowledged through various awards and decorations…. In 1994, she was nominated by the Pakistan Govt. as the U.N. Rapporteur on violence against women, and later in 1996, the govt. decorated her with the Sitara-e-Imtiaz for her contributions to the struggle for Human rights. Her work was awarded twice by the French govt. In 2001, she was the recipient of the German award for Human rights, from the city of Weimar. In 2003, her efforts were recognized in the US, with the ‘Civil Courage Prize’, awarded to her for the work she was involved in. And recently, she was selected as one of 21 women leaders of the 21 st century. Founder of PWA
Why PWA came into being…. curb alarming increase of violence on women and girl child. dismissal of Violence as a private domestic matter. no legal or social support system for women victims of violence. arouse empathy for women and injustice faced by them.
Who got help? The women who faced: –sexual harassment –state violence –burning (by; acid, kerosene, gas) –physical violence - battering, –child custody issues –divorce –incest, rape, gang rape –honour killing.
Projects and awareness raising campaigns carried out Projects and awareness raising campaigns carried out
Awareness Raising… PWA has made great progress in creating sensitization on the local, national and international levels. We have campaigned through national level workshops on Legislation and Domestic Violence. Demos and processions have been co-ordinated in support of the various causes that we have strived for.
PWA also initiated political campaigning of 33% women seats in 1993 with Dr. Noor Jehan Panezai,the then deputy speaker Senate. Our campaign for the formulation of Legislation against violence and the eradication of discriminatory laws has been a long and arduous one.
Campaign for Burns centres… A campaign that was conceived when the very first case for a burns victim was handled by PWA, our struggle for this cause has been a long and fruitless one. With promises for burns centre made with each successive government, the centre is yet to materialize. Campaign for Burns centres… A campaign that was conceived when the very first case for a burns victim was handled by PWA, our struggle for this cause has been a long and fruitless one. With promises for burns centre made with each successive government, the centre is yet to materialize.
PWA Aasra – the destitute home Aasra – the destitute home
Created in Shahnaz Bukhari’s ancestral home, the building was initially donated for a period of 2 years to PWA. our destitute home… Aasra Aasra -- a shelter for women was launched on International V. day by PWA. Aasra is providing shelter and refuge to women shunned by society, providing them all the basic amenities of life for free. With many hurdles as police raid on this centre, threats and complications … to date, Aasra sheltered over 245 women.
Data collected and CASES HANDLED BY PWA YEAR 1999 - 2002 burnt to ashes by acid, by kerosene oil or by gas, the age bracket, burnt %, survival rate, conviction rate total - survi-rate - conviction 1999 - 354 5% 2 % 2000 - 327 6% 4% 2001 - 375 8% 3% 2002 - 294 7% 6%
Year Not Allowed to meet parents Forced marriage Incest rape Wife Battering Economic Crisis Second marriage Sexually abused women Fathers Abduct Children total 199 8 339144395422406272321470 199 9 344107683772703899401253 200 0 269103457736046184401340 200 1 35999885032342452791608 200 2 29610966439208139171471421 200 3 185282339818781442271173 Data collected and D.V. CASES HANDLED BY PWA 1998 - 2003
YearTotalFIRs PAST MANAGEMENT DYING STATEMENTS CASES IN COURTS BURNT VICTIMS (Pregnant) MEDICAL/ LEGAL HELP EXTENDED 20002944 %1031122 %100 cases 20013665 %84093 %115 cases 200237530%1222204%97 cases 20033272%1420192%89 cases Data collected and D.V. CASES HANDLED BY PWA 1998 - 2003
…Medical Aid We have taken it upon ourselves to assist every burnt victim with medicine and supplies as best as possible. With no infrastructure or revolving fund in place, all the help we provide is through our own limited resources or by knowing on the doors of philanthropists. Media Support… We have been able to create a pressure group, with pressure mounted on the authorities and perpetrators of violence through media trials of the cases that come to us. Legal Aid… Our legal aid section has been providing victims with consultancy and free legal advice. Eradication of corruption in police, administrative set up, along with sexual violence and state violence on women were our motivation for working.
What you can do…. organize fund raising activities counsel the institution residents. offer financial assistance to sustain the first destitute center in Islamabad / Rawalpindi donate goods for the shelter house - basic utilities, food, spare toys, books. Newsletter Production Funds and publication skills are needed for a monthly newsletter to highlight our work and achievements. Writing/Editing/Photography In order to reach out to people we want to publish what we know, through newspaper articles and other print materials. We need someone with strong writing skills for report writing, to appeal to readers for their support and so on. Press Campaign To ensure we get regular media coverage, we need someone to direct our press campaigns and liaise with the media on an on-going basis. Fundraising Everything from a fancy dress ball to a simple coffee morning could contribute to our mission. Ideas and volunteers to host events are always needed.