PESHAWAR: To highlight human rights, socio economic and political situation of the country, Awaz CDS, Global Call for Action against Poverty (GCAP), Peoples’ Vaccine (PVA) organized an awareness event in collaboration with Integrated Community Development Imitative (ICDI) organized an event to mark global week for action SDGs at the University of Peshawar Wednesday.
The purpose of the awareness event was to highlight the human rights situation, current socio economic and political situation as Pakistan is passing through the most difficult times in terms of increased poverty at 42pc, inequality and insecurity increased many folds where women, people with disabilities, minority groups, trans-genders, and other marginalized groups do not have access to basic facilities.
In his speech, Chairman Social Work Department, University of Peshawar Prof. Dr Shakeel said that as different organizations are observing global peace week, in this connection, today’s event held here aimed to highlight the sufferings of vulnerable segments of the society, Pakistan has signed different UN conventions, due to which we are obligatory to follow that we have committed with the world, whether they are related to peace and women rights because the state has to play a proactive role to achieve the targets.
The Chairman maintained that the state, in collaboration with various organizations of civil society, highlights the plight of marginalized segments to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by addressing the challenges. Pakistan is situated in an area near Afghanistan, where people have been ahead with challenges and frustration for over 30 years. So, to overcome such challenges as ending intolerance and rehabilitation of such people is the prime duty of partner organizations by holding these types of events, he explained.
Other speakers said that raising poverty is separating inequalities, especially health, as poverty has a direct relation to access and affordability of health facilities. It added that over 40pc of people, especially women, PWDs, and minority groups do not have access to the Coronavirus vaccine.
They said that women in agriculture constitute the 90pc of the labour force in the agriculture sector and are unaccounted for, therefore they are deprived of minimum wage policy, employee old age benefits, and social protection programs such BISP and workers’ welfare fund.
They were of the view that overall, 40pc of the population is facing food insecurity. 48pc of children are stunted in Pakistan. These figures will quadruple in the wake of super floods which wreaked havoc to life, livelihoods, infrastructure, and corps. This is the direct impact of climate degradation.
Another speaker said that Pakistan is considered 2nd worst country in the world as per the most recent gender parity index 2021 released by World Economic Forum. 97pc of the women face one or other forms of harassment in workplaces, whereas domestic and intimate partner violence is also rampant in the country.
They maintained that recent floods and heavy rains have devastated agricultural lands, homes, and properties of the cities and villages besides the river Indus. “Democracy is in danger for the last many years, whereas the current hybrid regime is unable to ensure rule of law in the country. Media is under attack and journalists are restricted to express their view freely and impartially,” another speaker said.
The speakers highlighted human rights issues, inequalities, and insecurities being faced by people on a daily basis. They pledged that the government as a protector of their rights should act to fulfill its national and international commitments and provide people opportunities for equal, productive, and dignified lives.
Awaz, in collaboration with other fellow organizations following the concept of “flip the script” organized the event which was attended by around 25 to 30 people. Holding placards containing slogans urging the government to safeguard their rights. The participants included people from all walks of life including men, women, children, PWDs, trans-genders, members of minority groups, teachers, and other community members.