‘Promoting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Pakistan’ was an EC-funded project designed to secure civil and political rights through strengthening the capacity of the local government, civil society organizations and citizens that assist in establishing good governance, respect to rule of law and freedom of speech and information.
Under this project, Uks – in collaboration with CARE International and SPO – undertook various activities to improve the general human rights situation in 10 remote and conservative districts of Pakistan with particular focus on (a) increased awareness on fundamental human rights, and (b) freedom of expression, and (c) access to information.
Under the project, Uks also produced a series of 60 radio programs of 15-minute duration on Human Rights. Based on issues of and around Human Rights, these programs were intended to be non-commercial and dedicated to public interest broadcasting.
List of Activities
TRAINING OF TRAINERS AT MULTAN WITH 24 TRAINEES FOR 4 DAYS - 2ND TO 5TH OCTOBER 2010.
A Training of Trainers (ToT) was designed for 100 community activists in the targeted districts in consultation with HRF members. These activists were to be given training on awareness-raising on human rights, freedoms of expression and access to information. These activists, both male and female would later on act as resource persons to be involved in organizing and conducting community based events in their respective districts.
It was decided that one ToT would be conducted at a central location, and 2 persons (one male and one female) would be selected from each targeted district for this ToT. Also one provincial representative of SPO was also included. Therefore the ToT was then conducted in Multan, Punjab for 24 persons instead of the originally proposed 100 trainees, from 2-5 October, 2010.
The final trainees for the ToT were selected by SPO. For this training, a training manual was developed that primarily covered information on fundamental human rights, access to information and freedom of expression, and communications and awareness raising techniques.
The ToT covered the discussion on the human rights, and civil liberties and problems to access these rights. The participants were also equipped with communication skills to hold community sessions for making them aware of their rights including sensitizing them on the rights of other members. Role-play was adopted as an essential component of the teaching plan. The resource person responsible for conducting the TOT observed these role-plays and provided feedback to the participants for further improvement. To test the effectiveness of the workshop, pre and post tests were made an integral part of training plan.
2-DAY TRAINING WORKSHOPS AT 10 LOCATIONS OF 300 MEDIA PERSONS FROM OCOBER 2010 TO JANUARY 2011
Two-day training workshops for 30 media representatives in each of the target districts were held through the months of November 2010 to January 2011. These trainings aimed at involving them in monitoring, reporting and follow up of human right abuses in the respective districts. The training of media persons (30 per district) were held in their respective districts and selection of participants was done according to the selection criteria and also the availability of media persons in the target districts.
Following are the dates and locations of these training workshops:
1. Abbottabad: October 31, 2010 – November 1, 2010
2. Mansehra: November 2, 2010 – November 3, 2010
3. Muzafargarh: November 23, 2010 – November 24, 2010
4. Rajanpur: November 26, 2010 – November 27, 2010
5. Rahimyarkhar: November 29, 2010 – November 30, 2010
6. Naseerabad: December 31, 2010 – January 1, 2011
7. Jafferabad: January 2, 2011 – January 3, 2011
8. Ghotki: January 19, 2011 – January 20, 2011
9. Shahdadkot: January 21, 2011 – January 22, 2011
10. Dadu: January 23, 2011 – January 24, 2011
DESIGN INFORMATION EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION (IEC) & BEHAVIOR CHANGE COMMUNICATION (BCC) MATERIALS ON ISSUES/GAPS IDENTIFIED IN THE BASELINE STUDY CONDUCTED BY CARE
With a view to raise awareness in the targeted districts, IEC and BCC materials were designed, which included 5 posters, 1 flyer, 1 year planner, 1 standee and 1 booklet containing awareness about the provisions provided by the Constitution on human rights, access to information and freedom of expression and 1 booklet containing relevant clauses from UDHR. The materials were developed keeping in view the information needs of different target groups as identified by the project.
The materials were designed and shared with partners for review. After multiple iterations of review and revision, the materials were finalized and submitted to Care. However, in January 2011 after a change in the project management team at Care, it was felt that the materials need to be revised. After revision and redesigning, the final IEC/BCC materials were then submitted to Care for printing and dissemination.
DESIGN AND BROADCAST 60 RADIO FEATURE PROGRAMS ON HUMAN RIGHTS, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION IN 10 PROJECT DISTRICTS
A 60-program radio series, ‘Humaray Huqooq Humari Zimedarian’ (Our Rights, Our Responsiblities) with programs of up to 15 minutes duration each has been designed, produced and broadcast as part of this project. These programs have been aired for awareness-raising among masses in the target districts. The feature programmes highlight the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in addressing the issues of human rights violations through positive role models. HRF members and other stakeholders had been mobilized to disseminate information about the schedule of these programmes in their areas of jurisdiction.
The issues were finalized in July 2010.
The programmes were supposed to be aired from December 2010 to January 2011. However, initially the travelling of the radio producers to the target districts for collection of stories for radio programmes was delayed by the floods that hit Pakistan in July 2010. Following this, the work on the programs began late, which delayed the air dates of these programs as well. Therefore, the radio programmes were then completed and broadcasted from February 2011 to March 2011.