Violence against women increases by 13 percent
LAHORE: The Country Director, White Ribbon Pakistan (WRCP), Omer Aftab Monday said recent reports show that violence against women has increased by 13 percent in Pakistan during 2009 and the figure reflect only those cases which are reported whereas many cases are not reported.
Talking to reporters here on Monday, Omer said in order to stop violence against women, it is not sufficient to create awareness about women rights but it is necessary that men join with women to encourage norms of consent, respect and gender equality to challenge the unfair power relations which promote violence.
According to him, WRCP is men’s movement for gender equity and equality based on the ideology that justice can be provided by those who do injustice as they have the power to do both. The aim of WRCP is to sensitise men that masculinity can be used in a healthy and positive direction instead of violence and sexual assaults and improved relationships can be flourished based on respect for opposite gender.
He said the ongoing programs of WRCP include: sensitisation and mobilisation of men, youth leadership programme, industrial workers’ programme, media sensitisation, lobbying with policy and decision makers, inclusion of the HIV/Aids issue and promulgating the message that ‘Strong Men are Gentlemen.’
Source: Business Recorder