Friday, March 7, 2014

RCDP Chitral organized Voters Education Campaign under the umbrella of SPO

  RCDP Chitral organized Voters Education Campaign under the umbrella of SPO,  RCDP staff Nasreen Bibi, Fazal Muhammad, & Muhammad Ismail facilitated the session.  A reasonable number of participants attended the session including local women. The session formally started with the recitation of Holy Quran.
Each Participant introduced themselves and the routine session started
RCDP staff shared the agenda of the session with Women of local community. 
Agenda of the session included
 Local Government elections•  Women participation in local government elections• Awareness on women friendly laws recently passed by the parliament
 RCDP staff highlighted the verdict of Supreme Court of Pakistan related to Local Govt. elections in the upcoming months. Followed by Supreme Court verdict sharing RCDP staff gave detailed orientation on Local Govt. elections system and its critical role in the development of any society. Further, Local government ordinance of 2001 was also shared with women of local community. In the said ordinance 33% seats were reserved for women in order to provide them maximum opportunities to come forward in the field of politics and play their vital role for women development.  In addition, it is worth noting that due to the said ordinance quiet high percentage of women came forward from the grass root level in two Local Govt. elections terms i.e. 2001 and 2005.
RCDP staff also highlighted new proposed model of KPK government. As per new model village and neighborhood councils will consist of 11 elected councilors, including six general, two women, and one each from youth, peasants and minorities
 CDN Program Coordinator Temour Shah emphasized on the women political participation in the upcoming Local Govt. elections and added that it is a golden opportunity for women to come forward and support political process in the country & also described types of participation i.e. voter, candidate and supporter. Moreover, without women political participation democratic process is considered to be incomplete and an ineffective at grass root level. Hence, Community a t local level should support and create safe spaces in the public spheres for women political participation in the upcoming local bodies' elections.
Chief Guest Bibi Jan (PMLN) also shared women current participation and reserved seats in the national assembly, which has 17% of the total Seats. In addition, compare to women population in the country the 17% representation in the national assembly is not sufficient to meet the requirements of time & also shared women friendly laws i.e. insulting modesty or causing sexual harassment, Offences against women, probation of depriving woman from inheriting property, Prohibition of forced marriages and Prohibition of marriage with the Holy Quran and consequences in case of violation are shared with Women of local community.
Community was also involved in the session in order to share and exchanged their previous experiences with reference to Local government and general elections.
After detail orientation of Women local community proposed that such initiatives are needed at village level to involve maximum people in the sessions in order to sensitize them on women participation on politics at grass root level.  Women local community expressed that they will mobilize local people to provide optimum opportunities to local women to come forward.
Finally, session came to an end with the vote of thanks.


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