Uks Community Interaction Sessions

  • Community Interaction Sessions

2017

Funded by National Endowment for Democracy (Phase-II)

Project – Gender Just Media Drive

Participants – 181

Trainer/Facilitator –

Hassan Shigri(Gilgit Baltistan), Sundas Qureshi (Hyderabad), Taufiq Ahmed (Norowal), Qudsia Mehmood (Rawalpindi),

Waqar ul Hassan (Karachi), Shehnaz Shabir (Turbat), Amira Perveen (Mansehra)

In the second year of the project, Uks continued with organizing the media consumer club meetings in each province to generate more awareness and active participation in Women Media Complaint Cell (WMCC) by providing the opportunity to share their opinions and raise their concerns about media content by filingcomplaints with the WMCC. Each club consistedof 15-20 male and female members from the local community. Uks introducedmembers to the Gender-sensitive Code of Ethics for the Media and oriented them on how to monitor and provide critical analysis of media content.

Gilgit Baltistan (15 participants) – 26th January, 2017

Hyderabad (32 participants) – 25th January, 2017

Norowal, Punjab (30 participants) – 24th January, 2017

Rawalpindi (30 participants) – 21st January, 2017

Karachi (16 participants) – 17th January, 2017

Turbat (30 participants) – 12th January, 2017

Mansehra (18 participants) – 12th January, 2017

Quetta (10 participants) – 7th January, 2017

December 2016 – January 2017

Funded by National Endowment for Democracy (Phase-II)

Project – Gender Just Media Drive

Participants – 191

Trainer/Facilitator –

Waqar ul Hassan(Karachi), Hasan Shigri (Gilgit Baltistan), Sundas Qureshi (Hyderabad), Shahid Ullah Jan (Charsadda), Amira Perveen (Mansehra),

Qudsia Mehmood (Rawalpindi), Seema Kanwal (Quetta), Shujaat Ali (Islamabad), Shehnaz Shabir (Turbat),

The trained journalists/coordinators through the media consumers’ club meetings helped to raise awareness about Women Media Complaint Cell by mobilizing groups of 20 (at least) from within their respective communities encouraging them to file complaints against gender insensitive media content.

Rawalpindi (30 participants) – 20th January, 2017

Karachi (18 participants) – 26th December, 2016

Gilgit Baltistan (21 participants) – 26th December, 2016

Hyderabad (20 participants) – 25th December, 2016

Charsadda (19 participants) – 22nd December, 2016

Mansehra (20 participants) – 21st December, 2016

Quetta (17 participants) – 19th December, 2016

Islamabad (22 participants) – 19th December, 2016

Turbat (24 participants) – 16th December, 2016

November, 2016

Funded by DAI AAWAZ Resource Fund

Project – Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Participants – 192

Trainer/Facilitator –

Hamza Ali (Kohat), Amjad Ali (Swat), Amara Hussain (D.I.Khan), Amira Perveen (Mansehra),

Shahid Ulah Jan (Charsadda), Muhammad Amir Khan (Haripur)

As part of the project, a radio series of 15 radio programmes were produced. The issue-based radio programmes were played at these meetings and helped to create a forum for awareness-raising and discussion on issues otherwise ignored as tabooed subjects. The presence of both men and women of the community in these meetings help to provide each other’s perspectives on issues which are often next to impossible to be brought up in such conservative communities.

The [radio] programme was very effective regarding laws and violence. We didn’t have much knowledge about pro-women laws before”. Participant from Kohat

Kohat (32 participants) – 29th November, 2016

Swat (26 participants) – 28th November, 2016

D.I.Khan (44 participants) – 26th November, 2016

Mansehra (39 participants) – 25th November, 2016

Charsadda (26 participants) – 25th November, 2016

Haripur (31 participants) – 17th November, 2016

October – November, 2016

Funded by DAI AAWAZ Resource Fund

Project – Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Participants – 158

Trainer/Facilitator –

Amara Hussain (D.I.Khan), Amira Perveen (Mansehra), Hamza Ali (Kohat), Muhammad Amir Khan (Haripur),

Shahid Ullah Jan (Charsadda), Amjad Ali (Swat)

As part of the project, a radio series of 15 radio programmes were produced. These meetings help to create a forum for awareness-raising and discussion on issues otherwise ignored as tabooed subjects. The presence of both men and women of the community in these meetings help to provide each other’s perspectives on issues which are otherwise next to impossible in such conservative communities.

D.I.Khan (36 participants) – 17th November, 2016

Mansehra (25 participants) – 15th November, 2016

Kohat (32 participants) – 11th November, 2016

Haripur (28 participants) – 27th October, 2016

Charsadda (15 participants) – 24th October, 2016

Swat (22 participants) – 18th October, 2016

August – October, 2016

Funded by DAI AAWAZ Resource Fund

Project – Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Participants – 146

Trainer/Facilitator –

Amira Perveen (Mansehra), Hamza Ali (Kohat), Amjad Ali (Swat), Amara Hussain (D.I.Khan),

Shahid Ullah Jan (Charsadda), Muhammad Amir Khan (Haripur)

As part of the project, a radio series of 15 radio programmes were produced. These meetings help to create a forum for awareness-raising and discussion on issues otherwise ignored as tabooed subjects. The presence of both men and women of the community in these meetings help to provide each other’s perspectives on issues which are otherwise next to impossible in such conservative communities.

These programmes create awareness about the existing laws regarding violence against women, women’s rights and protection centres”.Participant from Haripur

Mansehra (29 participants) – 1st October, 2016

Kohat (22 participants) – 27th September, 2016

Swat (24 participants) – 18th September, 2016

D.I.Khan (27 participants) – 1st September, 2016

Charsadda (18 participants) – 30th August, 2016

Haripur (26 participants) – 29th August, 2016

July 2016

Funded by DAI AAWAZ Resource Fund

Project – Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Participants – 180

Trainer/Facilitator –

Amjad Ali & Shaista Hakeem (Swat), Shahid Ullah Jan (Charsadda), Fazl ur Rehman & Frooq Mehsood (D.I.Khan),

Hamza Ali (Kohat), Muhammad Naseem & Hina Laraib (Haripur), Sher Afzal & Amira Perveen (Mansehra

At the existing AAWAZ forums in the targeted districts, women were encouraged to come forward and share stories on VAW. The sessions also provided information to the community members on availability of legal and help centres in their vicinity and laws on women protection of women against violence.

Swat (35 participants) – 30th July, 2016

Charsadda (24 participants) – 28th July, 2016

D.I.Khan (26 participants) – 27th July, 2016

Kohat (35 participants) – 23rd July, 2016

Haripur (30 participants) – 22nd July, 2016

Mansehra (30 participants) – 20th July, 2016

May 2016

Funded by National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Project – Gender Just Media Drive

Participants – 186

Trainer/Facilitator –

Waqar ul Hassan (Karachi), Kiran Qasim (Gilgit Baltistan), Kaleem Ullah Baloch (Turbat), Zia Ullah Hamdard (Mardan), Imrana Komal (Multan),

Hameed ur Rehman (Hyderabad), Hina Naseem (Quetta), Tariq Hussain (Gilgit Baltistan), Nabeela Aslam (Rawalpindi), Safi Ullah Gul (Peshawar

The ten trained journalists/coordinators helped to raise awareness about Women Media Complaint Cell by mobilizing groups of 20 (least) from within their respective communities encouraging them to file complaints against gender insensitive content. Each of the ten coordinators carried out two of the said activities making it a total of 20 audience club sessions.

The ten trained journalists/coordinators helped to raise awareness about Women Media Complaint Cell by mobilizing groups of 20 (least) from within their respective communities encouraging them to file complaints against gender insensitive content. Each of the ten coordinators carried out two of the said activities making it a total of 20 audience club sessions.

Karachi (14 participants) – 23rd May, 2016

Gilgit Baltistan (21 participants) – 2nd April, 2016

Turbat (15 participants) – 8th March, 2016

Mardan (20 participants) – 8th March, 2016

Multan (20 participants) – 28th February, 2016

Hyderabad (20 participants) – 23rd February, 2016

Quetta (17 participants) – 22nd February, 2016

Gilgit Bltistan (22 participants) – 21st February, 2016

Rawalpindi (17 participants) – 21st February, 2016

Peshawar (20 participants) – 21st February, 2016

Feb 2016

Funded by National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Project – Gender Just Media Drive

Participants – 224

Trainer/Facilitator –

Kiran Qasim (Gilgit Baltistan), Zia Ullah Hamdard (Mardan), Imrana Komal (Multan), Hameed ur Rehman (Hyderabad), Nabeela Aslam (Rawalpindi),

Kiran Qasim (Gilgit Baltistan), Zia Ullah Hamdard (Mardan), Imrana Komal (Multan), Hameed ur Rehman (Hyderabad), Nabeela Aslam (Rawalpindi), Hina Naseem (Quetta), Safi Ullah (Peshawar), Kaleem Ullah Baloch (Turbat), Tariq Hussain (Gilgit Baltistan), Nasir Mehmood (Karachi)

The ten trained journalists/coordinators helped to raise awareness about Women Media Complaint Cell by mobilizing groups of 20 (least) from within their respective communities encouraging them to file complaints against gender insensitive content. Each of the ten coordinators carried out two of the said activities making it a total of 20 audience club sessions.

Gilgit Baltistan (20 participants) – 29th February, 2016

Mardan (19 participants) – 24th February, 2016

Multan (28 participants) – 20th February, 2016

Hyderabad (20 participants) – 20th February, 2016

Rawalpindi (18 participants) – 20th February, 2016

Quetta (29 participants) – 20th February, 2016

Peshawar (18 participants) – 19th February, 2016

Turbat (25 participants) – 19th February, 2016

Gilgit Baltistan (27 participants) – 18th February, 2016

Karachi (20 participants) – 13th February, 2016

Sept 2015

Funded by Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF)

Project – Pilot on Ending Gender Based Violence

Participants – 300 (Multan), 600 (Layyah), 250+ (Muzaffargarh)

Trainer/Facilitator –

Local Coordinators in three districts

A total of 49 audience clubs have been established in the 30 villages of three districts of Punjab i-e 14 in Multan, 15 in Layyah and 20 audience club sessions in Muzaffargarh. These clubs were established by POs and VOs and target not just women but bring together both men and women to discuss issues that are of great consequence to both genders.

May 2015

Funded by Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF)

Project – Pilot on Ending Gender Based Violence

Participants – 195

Trainer/Facilitator –

Qudsia Mehmood

The workshops explained to the VO members the purpose of the pilot, namely to launch radio programs imparting information on GBV-related issues, causes and possible solutions to these problems. The workshops were an opportunity to understand the women and men’s personal stories and concerns around GBV, recognize the multitude dimensions of GBV and identify existing platforms / institutions that can be accessed for help and guidance.

Layyah (88 participants) – 30th May, 2015

Muzaffargarh (48 participants) – 29th May, 2015

Multan (59 participants) – 28th May, 2015

Sept 2015

Funded by Gender Equity Programme (GEP) of Aurat Foundation

Project – Enhancing Women Workers, Awareness on their Rights and Labour Laws

Participants – 535

Trainer/Facilitator –

1st and 3rd convention Fozia Sabeen Azhar (Advocate High Court), 2nd convention Nabeela Aslam- held in Rawalpindi/ Islamabad

The objective of holding these conventions was to generate a discussion on legal rights and status of informal women workers and strategies to empower women workers in Islamabad/Rawalpindi District. The conventions served to provide a platform for the articulation of demands raised by nearly 200 grass root level women workers participated in the training workshops.

3rd Convention: Islamabad (197 participants) – 30th September, 2015

2nd Convention: Rawalpindi (222 participants) – 31st August, 2015

1st Convention: Rawalpindi (116 participants) – 15th January, 2015

Aug 2015

Funded by Gender Equity Programme (GEP) of Aurat Foundation

Project – Enhancing Women Workers, Awareness on their Rights and Labour Laws

Participants – 52

Trainer/Facilitator –

Fozia Sabeen Azhar (Advocate High Court)

The activity was held for employers of women workers in the formal sector to provide orientation to create awareness amongst them on the specific needs and requirements of women workers, gender sensitive work environments and policies, while educating them on practical measures that could be taken to address existing gaps on this front.

June 2015

Funded by Gender Equity Programme (GEP) of Aurat Foundation

Project – Enhancing Women Workers, Awareness on their Rights and Labour Laws

Participants – 217

Trainer/Facilitator –

Azra Bibi (Shah Faisal Colony), Rabia Akhter (Dhok Dallal Rawalpindi), Nasreen Farooqi (Chamanzar),

Atiya Naseer (Aqal Garrh), Ester Pervaiz (Iqbal Town)

Each of the five women workers’ leaders (WWL) identified from the twenty-five women workers who were trained in the Women Workers Leadership Training implement five roll out activities as part of their leadership training for increased awareness of women workers in their respective regions.

Shah Faisal Colony Rawalpindi (30 participants) – 14th June, 2015

Dhok Dallal Rawalpindi (22 participants) – 9th May, 2015

Chamanzar Rawalpindi (52 participants) – 3rd May, 2015

Aqal Garrh Rawalpindi (35 participants) – 26th April, 2015

Iqbal Town Islamabad (78 participants) – 25th April, 2015

13-14th April, 2015

Funded by Gender Equity Programme (GEP) of Aurat Foundation

Project – Enhancing Women Workers, Awareness on their Rights and Labour Laws

Participants – 78

Trainer/Facilitator –

Afia Salam

The 25 women identified from the group of 145 women workers who had received extensive training on workers legal rights and laws (earlier in December 2014) were trained in this ToT. These women workers were trained on leadership skills and advocacy prior to the rollout activities held by each of the five Women Workers Leaders (WWL) identified from this group.

The objectives of the training included:
  • Building leadership skills
  • Share advocacy and activism tools/methods
  • Advanced awareness on worker’s rights situation
May 2015

Funded by Public Affairs Section, American Embassy, Pakistan

Project – Social Change through Radio: Promoting Tolerance, Peace and Equity

Participants – 800+

Trainer/Facilitator –

Athar Altaf (Multan), Qudsia Mehmood (Rawalpindi), Kaleem Ullah Baloch (Turbat), Irfan Ali Ansari (Hyderabad), Habib un Nabi (Swat),

Waqar Ul Hassan (Karachi), Khursheed Ahmad (Gilgit Baltistan), Misbah Irum (Quetta), Samina Naz (Peshawar)

The Clubs brought together both men and women to discuss issues that were of great consequence to both genders and to promote mutual understanding on these issues. Through this inclusive approach the listener clubs aimed to bring about change in the households, work spaces and the communities at large.

2014

Funded by Gender Equity Programme (GEP) of Aurat Foundation

Project – Enhancing Women Workers, Awareness on their Rights and Labour Laws

Participants – 149

Trainer/Facilitator –

Fozia Azhar (Advocate High Court), Shahida Sukhera (Advocate High Court)

Uks held five separate training workshops catering to (least) twenty-five women workers each time. The objectives of the training included:

  • Creating basic understanding among participants about Human Rights, Women Right and Labor Rights
  • Informing participants about existing labor laws and conventions – national and international
  • Creating awareness among participants on how to form/join unions and benefits of unionization
  • Creating awareness on legal rights of workers and how to get relief from court

5 women workers from each of these workshops were selected as women leaders who will conduct the roll-out workshops in their areas for a multiplier effect.

5th Training Rawalpindi (25 women workers) – 24-26 December, 2014

4th Training Rawalpindi (33 women workers) – 21-23 December, 2014

3rd Training Rawalpindi (27 women workers) – 15-17 December, 2014

2nd Training Islamabad (35 women workers) – 5-7 December, 2014

1st Training Rawalpindi (29 women workers) – 24-26 November, 2014

2014

Funded by Women without Borders

Project – Mothers SAVE Schools

Participants – Around 720 mothers in 9 meetings each in 4 selected areas

Trainer/Facilitator –

Mother Leaders

The meetings were organized by the mother leaders as trainers who were trained earlier in a ToT at Islamabad. These meetings aimed:

  • To reinforce the family and mother’s role in countering extremism and violence
  • To provide trainings to mothers so that they can detect early warning signs of extremism in their sons
  • To empower women to take action against violence and extremism in their own capacity

Following were the topics of meetings:

Lesson 1 – This is Me, Who are You

Lesson 2 – Me in My Community

Lesson 3 – Self Doubts & Self Esteem

Lesson 4 – Women & Security

Lesson 5 – Child Psycho-Social Development

Lesson 6 – Understanding Political Anarchy and Radicalization

Lesson 7 – Early Warning Signs of Radicalization

Lesson 8 – Father’s Role

Lesson 9 – Charity Begins at Home

31stMay, 2014

Funded by Women without Borders

Project – Mothers SAVE Schools

Participants – 10 mothers from Rawalpindi and Islamabad

Trainer/Facilitator –

Edit Schlaffer, Georgina, Ulli

The trained mothers would carry out 8-10 meetings with other 15-20 mothers from their areaon the skills they learned duringthis ToT. Personnel from ‘Women Without Borders’conducted this training. The mothers were trained on methods to detect the influence of violent and extremist ideologies in their children and a mother’s role in dissuading their childrenfrom turning towards extremism, for the establishment of a peaceful and tolerant society.

May-June, 2012

Funded by Search for Common Ground (SFCG)

Project – Strengthening Women Parliamentarians for Effective Leadership

Participants – 70+ parliamentarians, local leaders and Union councilors

Trainer/Facilitator –

Rafia Arshad, Qudsia Mehmood

This initiative Women Leadership Initiative (WLI) Consortium provided a unique forum to all its members for actively engaging in dialogue, collaboration, and sharing of information, learning and experiences in order to jointly implement a successful project and achieve its common goals and objectives.

Uks took lead in organizing 6 FGDs in 5 regions. Focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted with trained women parliamentarians and former and aspiring women councillors to identify issues/problem areas and common ground to enhance collaboration to pursue the joint aim of understanding differences and acting on commonalities that could be highlighted in the upcoming radio talk shows.

  • Lahore-12th Dec, 2012
  • Peshawar-20th Dec, 2012
  • Quetta- 2nd Jan, 2013
  • Karachi (first)- 10th Jan, 2013
  • Karachi (second)- 11th Jan, 2013

2012

Funded by PANOS

Project – Reaching the Unreached through Radio

Participants – 25 young girls from Lyari

Trainer/Facilitator –

Tasneem Ahmar and Saadia Haq

Reaching the Unreached was a year-long project in which Panos trained about 20 girls from a non-formal education and training centre, Ilm-o-Huner, in Lyari’s Khadda Memon Society (UC4), Karachi, in radio production. In May 2010, Panos’ key partner in this activity, Uks Radio Project, conducted four-day trainings for 20 girls between the ages of 14 – 21 in producing a series of radio programmes on issues of importance to their lives. Among the issues identified were:

girls’ education

  • women’s health
  • pollution/urban environment
  • water (availability/scarcity)
  • drug addiction and the impact of this on women’s lives
  • gender discrimination
  • inflation
  • women’s use of public transport (harassment etc.)

Following the training, in which girls were given audio recorders, and taught how to use them to carry out and record interviews, vox pops and ambient sound, the girls spent four months learning to use the recorders to collect ‘voices’ for their radio programmes. During the workshop, Uks and Panos helped the girls develop a programme grid and assign topics to each participant. Over the summer, Panos and Uks paid periodic visits to Lyari and met with the girls to assess their progress, listen to their recordings, and provide on-the-spot feedback and guidance on technical aspects as well as on content. Refresher Training – September 16-18 and November 1-5  Three-day refresher training workshops were scheduled to further assess progress and provide additional training in any aspects of recording or interviewing which the girls had difficulty with.