Since earthquake 2005, ActionAid has been taking a number of initiatives with affected communities to facilitate them in ensuring fulfillment of their basic rights.
After completing emergency rehabilitation phase, ActionAid and its local partner in Muzaffarabad, Global Prosperity Network (GPN) in solidarity with sanitary workers launched a campaign to ensure land and housing rights of the most marginalized section of the society.
In the recent months, a video documentary (From Disaster to Rights) has been developed to document sanitary workers’ struggle for their rights. It helped us to revisit our campaign strategies in terms of successes and challenges the communities have registered so far.
Due to consistent efforts of the community, Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) conceded to the sanitary workers’ demand and approved provision of 147 kanals land for development of a housing society for the workers.
Sonia, a member of sanitary workers’ community and a social activist says, “
“ActionAid helped us to be organized. They made our women aware of their rights.
They capacitated us on how to run an organization, whom to contact for rights’ realization and how to build connections with concerned departments and people.
On getting awareness, our community started holding meetings and discussing our issues.
Our foremost priority was to highlight our right to housing. In this regard, we started holding rallies and press conferences as we wanted our voices heard.
We are feeling better off now. Earlier there was no cleanliness around but now we are living in a better environment.
I am happy that our struggle produced results. We have acquired land for housing”.