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British high commission contributes Rs. 3.1m for women rights

18 April, 2005

ISLAMABAD: The British High Commissioner, Mark Lyall Grant will today announce the donation of Rs 3.1m to a project run by the NGO "BAIDARIE" through the BHC's Small Grants Scheme (SGS).

The funds will go towards BAIDARIE's drive to raise awareness of women rights in Sialkot. The project called "Evolving Model of Social Deterrence against Extreme Acts of Violence against Women" aims to evolve a replicable model of increased social awareness, informed public opinion and collective action for dealing with extreme acts of violence against women. The project will benefit women living in 250 villages of 10 Union Councils in Tehsil Sialkot.

The project will also contribute in creating spaces and options for women, who are the survivors of violence so that they can effectively deal with difficult circumstances and experiences, giving support, relief and rehabilitation of women subject to different forms of violence.

A resource centre will be set up to actively respond to acts of violence against women, such as sexual violence, threats to life, acid burning, stove burning etc, a help line will provide immediate necessary assistance to the affected. Community Vigilance Groups (CVGs) will be set up involving eminent persons of the society, who will take necessary steps to support the victims of violence.

They will be given Para-legal training so that they can provide protection and shelter to the survivors and co-ordinate with law enforcement agencies for facilitation of legal assistance and justice. Awareness will be created on violence against women among social right activists /CBO's/NGO's and their capacities will be built to be active partners in elimination of the menace.

Motivational material e.g posters, pamphlets and stickers will be published, motivational video documentaries will also be used in public forums or dialogues to communicate key messages against violence.

Baidarie will also provide moral, social, medical, psychiatric and legal assistance to the victims and survivors of violence. It will conduct press conferences and public demonstrations as and where needed to get the administration's attention, so that justice can be provided and to facilitate the rehabilitation of the affected individuals and their families.

The project will be the first organised effort to curb violent practices against women in Sialkot. It will surely set trends for similar efforts in future to create a tolerant culture in which women may live with dignity and honour, enjoying their basic rights.

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