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Germany funds project supporting women’s rights in Pakistan

Germany funds project supporting women’s rights in Pakistan

Closing the gaps between men and women in health, education, politics and economic participation will contribute to a more equitable and more prosperous society in Pakistan, German Ambassador said

ISLAMABAD – German Ambassador Ina Lepel and Omer Aftab, CEO of Women Empowerment Group (WEG) signed an agreement for a project to end violence against women. The project involves an awareness campaign, capacity building and advocacy.

“We strongly believe that closing the gaps between men and women in health, education, politics and economic participation will contribute to a more equitable and more prosperous society in Pakistan”, German Ambassador Ina Lepel said.

Germany appreciates WEG’s commitment and hard work for the rights of women in Pakistan and look forward to close cooperation, she added.

The project will be part of WEG’s White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan, a men’s movement initiated by WEG which involves men to reduce the violation of women’s rights. WEG believes that men, even in instances in which they are not a part of the problem, can bring forth the solution by persuading others to question and stop violence against women in every form.

Building on a general public awareness campaign in 2014 and 2015 that had also been funded by Germany the project will cooperate with the Provincial Commission on the Status of Women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, provide legal support and advisory to legislators and support government officials through capacity building.

Omer Aftab, CEO WEG, said: “WEG’s struggle is to create a just society where women and children can freely exercise their rights, and by the end of this project we will see a significant change in a conservative society like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa not only through strong legislation but also from public awareness and acceptance of empowering women with their due rights.”

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