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IWD 2012- Collective Plan for ActionAid Pakistan

ActionAid Pakistan is celebrating International Women Day 2012 with a zeal to bring forth issues of women living in far off areas of Pakistan. In this context, ActionAid Pakistan and its local partners working in different regions of Pakistan have conceived a collective plan to commemorate IWD in a more vigorous and effective way. 'Early Girl Marriage' issue has been taken up as a striking theme to work upon. Moreover ActionAid Pakistan is committed to launch women focused campaigns on 'Women's right to land and 'Promoting sustainable agriculture-linking practices to policy'  for year 2012.

IWD Plans

ActionAid Pakistan

Country Level Plan

ActionAid Pakistan started its series of activities from 12th February (National Women Day) which is commemorated to celebrate women’s movement in Pakistan. This year there was quite a lot to celebrate, two legislation specific to women (Acid Survivor Bill and Anti Traditional Practices Bill 2011, along with autonomous status of National Commission on the Status of Women Bill)

  1. In-House Commemoration on 12th February and 8th March
  2. Early Girl’s Marriages
  3. Position Paper (already prepared)
  4. Engagement with journalist on Early Girls’ Marriages (February)
  5. Engagement with Council of Islamic Ideology (March)
  6. 8th March mass rally (alongwith larger civil society)
  7. 20th March National Conference on Early Girls’ Marriages

Area Office Level Plans:

By & Large the plans at LRPs and regional offices are focused on Early Girls’ Marriages or traditional practices against women: as in Sindh the thirst has been on Honour Killing.


Collective plan of Intl.Women day Punjab DAs Area Office Lahore



   DA/Area Name


Collaborative partners






-Coordination and participation under MUMKIN banner in Govt. of Punjab event regarding Intl.women day and participation of Farmer women raising their voice from LRP 25 & Peasant Women Society


- Women mela exhibiting handicrafts etc. by home based women workers, seminar in Kasur

- Seminar on land rights of women at Khanewal

-Dialogue on “Connecting Girls-Inspiring Future” will be held on Saturday, March 08, 2012 at University of Central Punjab


LRP 25 & Peasant Women Society








Ittehad Foundation Kasur

8th March


DA22 Rahim Yar Khan

Two sessions on grass route level with hindu minority women in both UCs of LRP on "Girls Early Marriages and Girls Education". a Genealogist will highlight the issues and impacts of early marriage on the health of a girl and her family and a Lady Advocate who  will make aware the community about the law of early marriage and its penalty Two theatres will also be arrange on girl’s education and early age marriages. On 8th march a Rally on girl’s education and early marriage at district level. In this rally community people, minority of both UCs and the youth of colleges will participate


5, 6 & 8th March


DA-25 Bhakkar

Theatre & seminars regarding early age marriages, land rights of women, inheritance rights, cultural event


Tremit Sanjh, farmer women, media etc.)

8-10 March, 2012


DA-30 Kot Addu

Seminar and demonstration where 200 women from 20 villages will participate on the issues of land rights in their respective areas and a theater performance


Taraimat Sangh particularly displaced women from flood affected areas

8th March, 2012


DA-31  Lahore

Aurat Mela Baghe Jinnah Lahore


Community men & women, young girl’s associations from project areas

8th March, 2012


DA-33 Layyah

District level forum on early age marriages, forced & exchange marriages. Community development & education department along with youth will participate in the event. Related laws provisions will be shared with the participants

Community women, Taraimat Sangh network, young girl’s groups

8th March 2012


DA-37 Pind Dadan Khan

1.Cultural Handi Crafts         Exhibition

2.Meena Bazar

3. Theater Performance

4.  Local Cultural Show


Youth, community men and women, media

8th March, 2012


DA39 Khushab

Kissan Mela including speeches& discussions on land rights of women, early age marriages

Young girl’s, farmer women

8th March, 2012


DA40 Yazmaan

Seminar & theatre on early age marriages, exchange marriages etc.

Community men & women, media, line department

8th March 2012



Collective plan of Intl.Women day KPK LRPs Area Office Abottabad


S #

LRP Name and Number

Theme/ title



LRP-21 CDO Swabi

Women Right to Land

LRP level



Early Age Marriages and Domestic Violence 

LRP level


LRP-27 ODO Mansehra

Early Age Marriages and Domestic Violence 

LRP level


LRP-28 STF Bagh

Placement of Referral Mechanism on VAW by Social Welfare & Women Development Department at district level.

District level


LRP-29 GPN Muzaffarabad

Placement of Referral Mechanism on VAW by Social Welfare & Women Development Department at district level.

District level


LRP-41 PRDP Mardan

Early Age Marriages

District level



Editors' notes

Women in Pakistan face multitulde of problems. Rural women are the most neglected section of our society and they face indescribable issues like early girl marriage, homebased voilence, honor killing and denial of right to education, health and livelihood. I am pleased to share with you that ActionAid Pakistan has always prioritized women for its development work and the most charming feature of AAPk work around women rights is HRBA(Human Rights Based Approach) which ensures bringing all stakeholder on one platform and campaigning for rights of women.