Asian women Rights Commission of Pakistan (awrcp) is non-profit non-religious non-government organization based on Tehsil Kabirwala District Khanewal Southern Punjab Pakistan formed by a dedicated groups of development workers and corporate philanthropists to work for the protection and promotion of Human rights and development in all sphere of life. The office of the organization is located Near Prime English Public school Tehsil Kabirwala suburb of Mohri Pur which is very notorious for violating human right District Khanewal is one of the poorest district of Punjab province and the rural communities live in miserable situations. This is a women organization working for the cause of women so all activities are designed with the cooperation and collaboration of the women and general masses. The general body which is consists on the women at the grass root level also called on when designing any activity so as to empower the women. For instance a women member of the general body name Kalsoom Bibi whose Husband had been died due to heart attack and had no source of income with the cooperation of organization set up a women vocational training center. This is so much beneficial that she is earning livelihood with honour. Her Daughter named Miss Nighat Fida daughter of late Fida Hussain has completed her MA eng from Bahauddin zakaryia university Multan after her father death. All activities are designed for empowering the women “small assistance for the poor women” is activities which empower the women and given small loan to the poor and needy women to help the woman who was in financial crises. Miss Jandian Mai whose husband had been died owing to kidney failure is also member of the organization has supported with technical and others matters so now she is renown women of the area and elected councilor twice time. We intervene with participatory approaches and involve all stakeholders to ensure smooth implementation and result oriented projects and ensuring community ownership through their active participation. Our strategic target groups are community based small groups having potential and capacity to initiate developmental activities. We raise local leadership for sustained activism for their own development. Our interventions broaden the communities’ vision towards strategic dimensions of their community based development work. Our thematic areas of services are i.e. sustainable agriculture, women rights empowerment, women land rights ., advocacy for the rights of women , women rights of education , women access to justice is our motto of the organization ,adolescent’s reproductive health, Education, primary health, HIV/AIDS and community physical infrastructure projects . The activities are focused to benefit women and children in broader context as women and children are the most vulnerable segments in our target areas ad they become the prime victims of poverty, misery, hunger and injustice.
OBJECTIVES AND focal point
Promotes women-appropriate growth schemes, programmes, policies and laws; Enhances women’s autonomy, right of entrance to resources, and all levels of decision-making; Helps catalyze a socio-cultural outlook premised on gender equality at all level.
Conscious of the composite interrelated factors that determine women’s lives, awrcp ongoing focus is: Law and Status;
Sustainable Development; & Women’s Economic Empowerment. Gender awareness, popular education, analysis and training cut across all programmes and activities. New Areas of Focus Reproductive Rights& Reproductive Health
STUCTURE AND STRATEGY
Asian women Rights commission has a matrix management system in a smooth arrangement supported by: 25 members Collective as the overall policy-making body, whose members assist, propose initiatives; Offices of Islamabad, Lahore and Multan with a combined staff of some36 persons; Four coordinators responsible for planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes and projects.
Asian women Rights commission has an incorporated approach to development and women’s rights that combines advocacy and capacity building based on research, networking and publications , advocacy violence monthly reports . Bridging the opening between the certainty of women’s lives and national and international policy, AWRCP Catalyses the empowerment of women through a participatory procedure, in which NGOS and community based organizations are a most important channel for reaching women in their communities; Actively lobbies at both the national and international levels; and · Undertakes novel research, documentation and dissemination of information.
Aims to change laws and politics, attitudes ad practices. Years of strategic lobbying with policy-making bodies and community interaction equip AWRCP to contribute to policy formation at the national and international levels and to help broaden agendas at the grassroots. Advocacy around the issues of women and development, human rights (including reproductive health and rights), the environment and globalization addresses: Local communities through community based organizations Local decision-makers Policy-makers in Pakistan (from district to national levels) International lNGO platforms
The United Nations system.
Strengthens Conceptual, advocacy, organizational and practical skills of people, especially women, by providing linkages with other organizations and support service providers, disseminating information, providing advice, internships, inclusion in awrcps activities and campaigns, and training. Each year, AWRCP builds the capacity of over 30 community based organizations (community based organizations) as well as others.
Alternative training programmes include:
· Legal Awareness Sessions
· Reproductive Health and Rights
· TBA Training
· Environment and Sustainable Development
· Gender Awareness and Analysis
· Research Methodologies
Initiate, respond to, and circulate campaigns for human rights, legal reforms and environmental issues. Provide support to individuals in crisis situations, advice and legal assistance through awrcps own resources and by linkages with other institutions.
Connects over 1,500 individuals, COMMUNITY BASED organizations, NGOS and other actors on a wide variety of issues. AWRCP actively participates in a number of national, regional and international NGO coalitions, networks and alliances; AWRCP is the Asian region coordination office for the international solidarity network Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and a member of IUCN The World Conservation Union.
Having more than twenty-five yeas of knowledge in archival and pragmatic research, AWRCP has pioneered studies in the areas of women in the informal sector. Women and sustainable development, womens reproductive health and rights, the interface of culture, religion and law, women in political processes, globalisation and its multiple effects.
AWRCP Documentation centers are in the middle of the best on women in Pakistan, and furthermore specialize in women’s human rights, women in the Muslim world, and women a sustainable development. Materials range from exceptional news clippings, dating back to 1975, to pamphlets, workshop and conference proceedings, official documents and unpublished reports from around the world, as well as periodicals, information packages, NGO publications, audio-visual materials, and books. Users include a broad cross-section of local and international individuals and institutions, NGOS, human rights groups, students, policy-makers. Development agencies, teaching institutions, and the media.
Extensive publications are produced in English, Urdu and occasionally Sindhi. Publications include original work researched by AWRCP and others, tools for training, awareness and advocacy (guides, manuals, posters, cartoon booklets, etc).
AWRCP regularly publishes:
· Quarterly Newsheets reaching an estimated 20,000 English, and 10,000 Urdu readers;
· Hamara moahol, a bi-monthly wall newspaper focused on environment and health, (5600 recipients reaching some 50,000 people); and
· Bi-annual Special Bulletins.
Additionally, AWRCP collates, where needed translates, and distributes packages of specialised information.
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