Body set up for welfare of KP women

A women welfare body has been formed to resolve problems facing them in different fields in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The organisation, ‘Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Working Women Union’ was inaugurated at the press club here on Tuesday. Dr Mehr Taj Roghani, adviser to the chief minister, was the chief guest. Several other women belonging to different walks of life, including MPAs Zareen Zia, Aysha Naeem, Tasleem, Rohi Zahir Shah, Neelum Turo, Insaf Lawyers Forum president Rubina Gilani and Maryam Bibi, were in attendance.

Sharing their observations, the participants said that female workers were facing different problems but they had no union (organisation) to raise voice for their rights.

Candidate and Voter Education

1st April, 2015 – 29th April, 2015

Project Objectives:

  • To increase the women participation in democratic process.
  • To enhance the women leadership in local government.
  • To improve the number of women in the using their right to vote.

Project Brief:

During the Local Government elections of 2015 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Da Hawwa Lur conducted training sessions for the women of Peshawar. These grass root level women were trained well on the role plus responsibilities of voter and candidate. The awareness was also provided on the Local Government Act.

Equal opportunity: New union to fight for the rights of working women

Non-profit organisation Da Hawa Lur’s CEO Khurshid Bano is all set to launch a union for the province’s working women. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Working Women Trade Union Federation will be launched on May 3 at Peshawar Press Club.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Bano said the union is aimed at tackling problems faced by women in the workplace.

“The union is a first of its kind,” she said. “More often than not, working women have little authority. This trade union seeks to empower them.”

Bano has served as general secretary of the K-P Working Women Federation and plans to use Da Hawa Lur as a platform to launch this new initiative.

Awareness Raising regarding Gender Based Violence for the Students of Universities

Collaborative Partner: Impact

1st January 2015 – 27th February, 2015

Project Objectives:

  • To raise awareness among university students about GBV
  • To train students on importance and on basic laws about domestic violence

Project brief:

Da Hawwa Lur is a non-profit organization struggling to improve the situation of gender-based violence by raising the awareness regarding the issue among the common masses. Da Hawwa Lur builds the capacity of the individuals on the basic laws related to gender based violence a nd how to tackle with such situations.

Psychological and Legal Support to the victims of Gender Based Violence

1st January 2015 – 1st December, 2015

The main purpose of the project was to provide free legal and psychological support to the victims of gender based violence such as sexual harassment, acid throwing and domestic violence etc..

Project Objectives:

To Provide free legal and psychological support to GBV Victims;
To register the cases of domestic violence and provide them protection.
Project Brief:

The project was closely linked with the mandate of the organization. In this project the victims of gender based violence were provided support through referral systems for physical treatments,

Underage, under 18: Advocates demand passage of child marriage bill

The Madadgaar National Helpline held a conference at Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday to discuss the importance of passing the Child Marriage Restraint Amendment Bill.

The bill aims to increase the legal age of marriage for a girl from 16 to 18 and increase punishment in the Child Marriage Restraint Act. According to a handout issued on the same day, there were 143 reported cases of child marriage in K-P in 2013; the bill is still undergoing legal vetting in the province.

Speakers at the press club included Madadgaar founder Advocate Zia Ahmed Awan,

Co-founder, Shawana Shah, receives Humanitarian Award

Co-founder of Da Hawwa Lur, Shawana Shah, was honoured to receive an award at the fourth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were held on September the 17th in Louisville, USA.

“The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were created in 2013 as a way to publicly recognize and celebrate the greatness of people from around the world.
The annual fundraising gala honors people who are making significant contributions toward securing peace, social justice, human rights, and/or social capital in their communities and on a global basis.”

Each year, the Ali Center honors six young adults,