AAWAZ District Women Assembly celebrated international Women day at Chandni Park, District Vehari. Mr. Rana Saleem Ahmed, Mr. Jam Jamshaid Iqbal, Mian Jehanzeb (Coordinator AAWAZ District Forum Vehari), Mr. Mazhar Watoo (DSP Vehari) including 270 Women and 50 men participated in this event. In the event AAAWAZ Women Assembly collaborated with Plan Pakistan and invited them to establish stalls for bangles, embroidery work and Mehndi. AAWAZ related publications were also displayed at these stalls. Children of Danewal Public School presented a play to raise awareness about ending domestic violence. . A theater performance highlighting forced marriages was also carried out by a local theater group. This event got coverage on SACH TV.
As its name insinuates, AAWAZ is a program that invokes people’s clamor for social justice, peace and vertical accountability. Its programming supports an empowered, mobilized and participatory-minded citizenry and creates robust and critical voice channels in the form of active civil society and other non-traditional voice channel actors.
The goal of AAWAZ is a stable, tolerant, inclusive, prosperous and democratic Pakistan which meets the basic needs of its people and achieves the MDGs. AAWAZ’s outcome is strengthening fragile democratic processes by making them stable, more inclusive and accountable with a view to enhancing citizens’ voice.
Aawaz funded by DFID and rolled out in May 2012, AAWAZ V&A is a 5-year long project to benefit roughly 9 million people in 45 districts of Punjab and KP provinces. The program is a joint venture of a consortium of an international and five (5) leading rights based national organizations. This gigantic effort is built on the long standing experience, skills and strengths of AAWAZ program’s consortium partners.
A bottom up structure of AAWAZ forums at village, UC, Tehsil and district levels is linked up, mobilized, capacitated and facilitated through awareness raising, capacity building, lobbying and policy advocacy activities. Moreover, AAGAHI centers to be established at each Union Council level are to become locus of awareness and capacity building activities. Each AAWAZ forum is mandatorily represented by 50% women and excluded groups.