Individualland Pakistan and United Nations (UN) Women organised a two-day capacity building workshop in Dadu, on November 11 and 12, for police personnel, with particular focus on ending violence against women (EVAW).
The workshop commenced with a discussion about power dynamics in cases of violence and the meaning of the word ‘power’. The participants of the workshop also discussed various types of power, including and structural and personal power. It was also highlighted during the workshop that people, irrespective of their gender, usually feel threatened by individuals who are in a position of power. In addition, the subject pertaining to the types of violence was also brought to the table, as a discussion was carried out structural, cultural, physical and economic violence.
Moreover, the constitutional and legal framework of Pakistan was also discussed among the participants. The participants were briefed about how police can support the survivors of violence as the first responders.
As the workshop commenced, a discourse was carried out on the social, economic and psychological impacts of violence, with the objective to reflect on the fears, hesitations and challenges faced by the victims in cases of violence.
Speaking on the occasion, a participant of the workshop said, “If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women, we must start by initiating change in our homes. If a woman is not safe in her own house then she is not safe anywhere.”
The facilitator of the workshop urged the police officers to work towards developing a better understanding of the cycles of violence, which are usually overlooked.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2019.