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Success Stories of Promoting Advocacy and Awareness on Eliminating Violence Against Women in Kunduz

VAW Issues Coordination Meeting in Kunduz Centre VAW Issues Coordination Meeting in Kunduz Centre

Success Story 1:

The Story of Mr. Khalil-ur-Rahman from Imam Sahib District:

“As you are in the picture, traditional values dominate our country and men have odd perspectives towards women as men restrict their wives movements and never permit them to visit their parents’ homes without the permission of their husbands and women are not allowed to purchase their necessary items from market or they are also restricted to study in school or university. But the training sessions by Empowerment Centre for Women (ECW) for stakeholder constituencies, such restrictions and limitations have reduced to a large extent. I also witness and observe tremendous changes in my own mind-set and I have come to understand that beating one’s wife and insulting her results from the psychopathic behaviour or mind-set as a result of trainings and advocacy meetings conducted with stakeholder constituencies.”

Success Story 2:

The Story of Ms. Sonya from Aliabad District:

“Our neighbour wanted to force her daughter to get married with another guy which took many years and it took many years till I found out about this matter. After I enlisted in the stakeholder constituencies established by ECW in Aliabad and participation in many of the training sessions conducted for raising awareness on elimination of violence against women, I learnt about the forced marriage as the violation of women’s rights. Later on, I approached our neighbour and raised her information and knowledge about the forced marriage who later on was convinced to retreat from her position and agreed to avoid forcing her to get married with the man chosen by her mother for her.”

Success Story 3:

The Story of Ms. Moqadas from Aliabad District:

“Our neighbour has very good and sincere relationship with us and they wanted to marry their 12 years old daughter with their nephew. As I head learned earlier about the wrong consequences of early marriage, I shared my knowledge about this matter through my participation in trainings conducted by ECW through “Promoting Advocacy and Awareness on Eliminating Violence against Women in Kunduz” who as a result of my advices, withdrew her decision and acceded to my consultation. I offer my thanks to Promote Musharikat and ECW for launching such beneficent programs. I recommend ECW to extend such programs in the future as well to further raise information and knowledge about these programs among the people in the remote villages of the country to help women get rid of problems threatening women’s lives.”

Success Story 4:

The Story of Ms. Moqadas from Aliabad District:

“Our neighbour has very good and sincere relationship with us and they wanted to marry their 12 years old daughter with their nephew. As I head learned earlier about the wrong consequences of early marriage, I shared my knowledge about this matter through my participation in trainings conducted by ECW through “Promoting Advocacy and Awareness on Eliminating Violence against Women in Kunduz” who as a result of my advices, withdrew her decision and acceded to my consultation. I offer my thanks to Promote Musharikat and ECW for launching such beneficent programs. I recommend ECW to extend such programs in the future as well to further raise information and knowledge about these programs among the people in the remote villages of the country to help women get rid of problems threatening women’s lives.”

Success Story 5:

The Story of Mr. Hafizullah Rasuli, one of the CSO and advocacy committee members telling his success story of the project:

“Subsequent to participation in a series of training sessions and advocacy efforts by ECW through the promote project in Kunduz Province, I have been able to raise my personal knowledge and have resolved most of social and community problems faced in our community. I am resolved to address such and similar problems in the future as well and establish an environment of peaceful co-existence.”

Success Story 6:

The Story of Mr. Junaidullah Ezzam, one of the CSO and advocacy committee members telling his success story of the project:

“Promote Project has set the best stage for reduction of violence against women and raising knowledge among women. I as one of the civil society activists have been enabled through ECW’s implementation of promote project in Kunduz to participate in a series of trainings for civil society activists and advocacy meetings with government authorities. I have been enabled to take concrete steps to contribute to reduction of violence against women and enhance educational facilities for them. Currently, our efforts are going on for reduction of violence against women and improving their education. I anticipate that by the completion of promote project, substantial changes may occur in the lives of women in terms of reduction of violence and forced marriages in Kunduz Province.”

Success Story 7:

 

The Story of Ms. Frozan, one of the CSO and advocacy committee members telling her own success story of the project:

“Ever since the beginning of humankind creation, the humans have encountered natural disasters and have struggled to rescue themselves and their other fellows. From then onward, this struggle continues unabated. As we observe around the globe, this struggle goes on in one form or another. Despite the fact that we shout slogans for freedom of expression, but however, different forces have choked and stifled our voices for freedom by force. Advocacy as a powerful and influencing word has existed in par with the humankind existence. History witnesses the victory of justice and freedom fighters and prophets have been sent by God to convey this important message to humankind. We as Muslims have to establish justice in our society as advocators of positive changes in our community and to illuminate our society with our voices for justice since everybody fights for his / her own rights in the society. I lament this small project being implemented in Kunduz Province is quite short and small for Kunduz Province as this project can illuminate the darkness in Kunduz society. This project on the other hand entails substantial benefits for the poor people of Kunduz province particularly women, children and poor people of this province. Therefore, this project is required to be expanded and extended to convey this message for the entire people of this province as this project guarantees solidarity among the residents of Kunduz province and no force can withstand the power of solidarity. At the conclusion, I believe that the credit for successful implementation of this project goes to implementers of this project in Kunduz Province particularly Ms. Maghfira and her colleagues.”

Success Story 8:

The Story of Ms. Sadaf, one of the CSO and advocacy committee members telling her own success story of the project:

“In the community we reside right now, the menace of enmity and unsolidity reigns supreme and I always thought about solidarity among youths to join their hands for addressing our community’s problems. Therefore, I availed of the nadir chance provided by ECW through Promote Project through community mobilization and advocacy seminars and training sessions as a result of which, I along with other youths participating in these advocacy training sessions have been able to address most of the pressing problems in our community including the issue of collecting garbage from our city and propagating the culture of citizenship. The advocacy has helped us to achieve a clean environment for ourselves.”

Success Story 9:

The Story of Ms. Sabira, one of the CSO and advocacy committee members telling her own success story of the project:

“My father was very fanatic and traditionalist and had restricted his daughters’ enrolment in university. After the promote project launched by ECW, my father also participated in some of the events and training sessions which brought substantial changes in my father’s myopic mind-set and the repetitions of these training sessions impacted his approach towards her daughters’ higher education. Eventually, he allowed me to attend university.”

Success Story 10: 

The Story of Ms. Frozan, one of the CSO and advocacy committee members telling her own success story of the project:

“First and foremost, I offer my thanks and gratitude to ECW for launching the promote project in Kunduz Province for raising awareness on violence issues faced by women. I have success story to share with you. Prior to participation in such and similar events, I believed that violence is only confined to beating and torture. But however, subsequent to participation in your events, I have come to believe that the worst kind of violence emanates from psychological trauma of violence. Participation in such trainings not only have brought changes in my own mind-set but to our communities as well. Fortunately, I have been able to resolve most of the problems faced in our communities.”

 

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