Quetta 16-days activism against gender-based violence underway

Quetta 16-days activism against gender-based violence underway

Asim Khan 

QUETTA: Like in other parts of the country, 16-days activism against gender-based violence is underway in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The Non-Government Organisation (NGO), Danish, and well-known German donor organization GIZ organized the event on Friday.

In these activities, various sessions on women’s awareness organized in which women informed about domestic issues, social issues, and violence.

In this regard, DANISH organized a function. Women affiliated with various organizations,  officials from the German organization GIZ, and women from civil society attended the event. “Increasing violence against women is the result of illiteracy and lack of awareness”, GIZ Technical Adviser Zahra Saeed said.

“The biggest reason is illiteracy and lack of awareness about women’s rights,” she elaborated. Women belonging to various walks of life shared their experiences, information, and knowledge about the increasing incidents of violence against women in Balochistan.

“Through activism and education, we can overcome this problem”, Zahra Saeed mentioned.

In Balochistan, incidents of violence against women are on a constant rise. On December 3rd, three women murdered in Balochistan’s Naseerabad district. The killer is still at large. Such incidents are rampant in various parts of the province.

According to the Aurat Foundation and other NGOs, 41 women have been killed during the last 10 months in Balochistan in the name of honor killings and domestic violence.

Quetta 16-days activism against gender-based violence underway

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.