Human Rights Leadership
Promoting Human Rights Leadership Among Young Women
Aware Girls is working to strengthen the “Leadership Skills of Young Women” enabling them to act as agents of change for addressing Violence against Women and for promoting the human rights of young women. This program is increasing women’s empowerment by expanding knowledge of their rights, skills and opportunities to exercise their rights in the workplace, community, and home. Through this program Aware Girls seeks to facilitate behavioral change in society by enabling young women to access information, decision making resources and institutions, and improve societal attitudes towards women’s rights issues.
25 Girls power clubs are in the process of establishment in five district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prvince in the Colleges and Universities of girls, and 10 Young Women Clubs have been established in the communities, thus total 35 clubs will be established, each having at least 30 young women members.
“Leadership for Women Rights” trainings are conducted with the “Girl Power Clubs” to strengthen the leadership skills of young women enabling them to speak for their rights, and combat the issue of gender base violence. The role of these clubs is to raise awareness in the communities about women’s human rights and the laws/institutions which protect women’s rights and to bring attitude change in the communities to build a collective responsibility in the communities through peer education and community seminars.
Due to raising awareness and attitude transformation interventions, young women reached through the program have started speaking about their issues and concerns. Women victims of gender base violence are linked to the Helpline of AWARE GIRLS which provide referral services (Sheltor, Medical aid); legal support and counseling to the women who are victims of gender base violence. Thus the attitude transformation interventions are strengthened with the direct Service Delivery Helpline.