Campaign for Elimination of Gender Based Violence

An Initiative of: White Ribbon Pakistan, UNWOMEN, NCSW & MoHR

White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan is part of a global movement to put a stop to male violence against women and girls. GBV has never been a “women’s issue”. Campaign addresses men directly – so they understand the scale of the problem, and become part of the solution, alongside women. Men and boys have a crucial role to play in creating a culture where male violence, abuse and harassment against women and girls are simply seen as unacceptable.

White Ribbon Campaign supports them to take a stand against gender violence in their workplaces, schools, communities and families. Campaign is not anti-male – this is about creating space for more positive, healthy ways of being a man. Restrictive gender roles harm men as well as women, boys as well as girls. White ribbon campaign is about making voices heard!

On the 25th November, the world marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day. From then until the 10th December, campaign encourages every citizen to take part in the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence. This year following the main event in Islamabad on Nov 25, 2017 mobilization held in more than 70 districts across country.  Men and boys from across Pakistan took a unified stand to become part of the solution to prevent and end violence against women and girls. In this unique event, thousands of men and boys from 70+ districts joined the campaign to show solidarity with women and girls and called for an end to crimes of violence against women and girls.

Across Pakistan, events were organized and communities were mobilized by White Ribbon Pakistan in collaboration with UN Women Pakistan, National Commission on the Status of Women and Ministry of Human Rights. In Islamabad campaign was supported by Calyx Foundation, Youth Association of Pakistan and Initiative for Social Transformation. In Islamabad congregating outside the National Press Club and at F-8 Kachehri, male participants including young lawyers vowed to “leave no woman or girl behind” by prioritizing their dignity and calling for their protection and prevention against violence. In doing so, they pledged to make their districts ‘violence-free zones’ for all women and girls’.

Violence against women is a global phenomenon affecting 1 in 3 women, and Pakistan is no exception. VAW affects women across classes and regions of Pakistan. We need to get rid of this scourge and to expel it from our society. This can be made possible if women and men collectively pledge to do so and commit ourselves to equality and dignity of women and girls.”

Pakistan has a strong legislative framework for the protection and enforcement of human rights. Despite many government initiatives, forces of patriarchy continue to hamper women’s inclusive and sustainable growth. Women’s reticence is not only confined to economic activity but spreads into broader social and cultural spheres and violence against women continues. We cannot leave it to women to fight their battle alone. Men must come forward as agents of change. A society of open-minded and enlightened men is essential to ensure the promotion of human rights and the protection of women and vulnerable groups in our country”.