Courses for Activists, a total number of 8 training of activists were held during 2005 – 2007. In the year 2011 – 2012, ASR Institute of Women’s Studies, Lahore had conducted 7 training workshops in which they had trained more than 125 participants of senior, mid and grass root level who came from all over the Pakistan including Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and were identified through our initial mapping process.
FOCUS AREAS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL
- Women’s land rights (ownership and/or Access to land) and Women’s Rights to Inheritance.
- Violence Against Women, Particular Against Single Women by Family Members and Other Relational Communities (e.g. Biradaris etc.)
- Minorities Especially Religious Minorities and Women Belonging to Religious Minorities
- Inter and Intra-State Peace and Conflict Especially as These Impact on Women; and to Work towards the Inclusion of Women in Peace Resolutions and Peace Processes.
The four areas were interlinked and crosscutting but were addressed separately by different programme teams. Women’s issues are the central pivots around which the programmes revolve. Crosscutting with the peace and anti militarization issue, the issue of women in conflict situations was also being addressed under the programme especially in terms of provincial rights, Kashmir, ethnic, sectarian, and religious conflicts. The women’s programme focused on violence against women especially violence committed by family members (specifically violence against single women by family members), on women in conflict situations; on minority women and on women’s right inheritance, rights to land, and access and use of water. These programmes were implemented in 7 districts of Pakistan and in AJK and FANA (Punjab: Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Muzaffargarh; Sindh: Tharparkar Hyderabad, Badin, Dadu and Muzaffarabad; Gilgit, Skurdu and Hunza)
ASR Field Coordinators were local activists who had undergone training at ASR Lahore. The composition of these Coordinator teams were an equal number of women and men and representing majority and minority religious identities. The training of these activists took place every three months. The objective of these training workshops was to share the activities done by all coordinators over the previous three-month period and to prepare the plans and budgets for the following three months. In these workshops, coordinators shared their activities, reports and discussed emerging issues in their respective districts. This sharing of experiences was essential for the coordinators and ASR staff in understanding the various issues of the people impacted by the four programme areas and to formulate plans for addressing these issues in the future.
The coordinators in turn raise the issues at the community level through meetings; seminars; discussions; activism; fact findings; investigations; taking up specific cases for legal and medical resources and in approaching policymakers, union council members and Members of Parliament and other NGOs and CSOs on the issues.