Million Names Million Voices: Break the Silence to End Violence against Women & Girls

Posted on 11 January 2012

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Pakistan is saying NO to violence against women and breaking the silence with its One Million Signature campaign!

UN Women Pakistan, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Rights, the End Violence against Women Alliance in Pakistan and UN partners, launched the “One Million Signature Campaign” during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. The campaign is raising awareness and actions nationally and internationally.

The campaign aims to collect 1 million signatures from people from all walks of life, including decision makers and influencers, such as government officials, parliamentarians, media personalities, academics, police and front line service providers. In addition to signing on to the campaign post cards, people are encouraged to pledge to take specific actions. Men and women are mobilizing in Pakistan, reading out to students, volunteering at local shelters, advocating for legislation, donating funds towards programmes that protect women and girls from violence, and more.

The campaign is increasing awareness and shaping public opinion in Pakistan regarding the negative impact of violence against women and girls, generating political commitments and support for some critical pending legislation, such as the Domestic Violence Bill and the Acid Crime and Prevention Bill. It will also generate momentum towards addressing women and girls in crisis.

Women and girls are among some of the most marginalized populations in Pakistan today. Violence against women is a human rights and health emergency in Pakistan— rape, honour-killing, trafficking of women, burning, acid attacks, denial of inheritance rights, giving of girls as compensation and other social and economic discriminations are common. The pending legislations on domestic violence and acid crime can pave the way towards ending impunity and preventing such violence. The recent humanitarian crisis in Pakistan brought more violence against women on its wake, and mechanisms for reporting violence have been lost. Legislation to address women and girls in crisis is urgently needed!

The campaign is collecting signatures, commitments and public resolutions from all provinces, and a charter of demands from 56 districts in Pakistan, which will be presented to the Prime Minister and President by February this year.

Add your Voice to Million Names Million Voices!

Support the One Million Signature Campaign by signing the pledge on this page.

Watch and share the campaign song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbwRet2j92Q

Sung by Pakistani singers Nouman Javaid and Khawar Jawad, the music video was launched during the 16 Days of Activism and aired on 17 channels reaching hundreds of thousands of people nationwide. The song “Socha Kabhi naa” calls out to men around the country to listen to the voices of women and to denounce gender-based violence in all forms.

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