Strengthening the Rights & Justice Framework Agenda in Pakistan
Status: Completed Start Date: Oct 2015 End Date: Feb 2016 Geographic Coverage: National – All four provinces Focus Area: Human rights capacity Building SDG Goal: 16 Significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity Implementing Partner: SPO Funding Partner: Training for Pakistan (TFP) & USAID
Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) with the financial support of TFP, USAID implemented this project in collaboration with Ministry of Human Rights.
The objectives of this collaboration were to;
To build the capacity of the Ministry’s employees, to ensure fundamental rights of all citizens, especially the marginalized section of the society.
To enable Ministry’s employees for improved report writing skills, for better human rights reporting.
To enhance the capacity of Ministry’s employees for better advocacy, outreach, lobbying, reporting and hosting events in favor of human rights in Pakistan.
To achieve the above stated objectives, the training content was designed with the collaboration of MoHR. For this purpose SPO team conducted a focal group discussion with the employees of MoHR. The purpose of this focal group discussion was to identify the needs of the participants while keeping in view the current socio cultural context of Pakistan. The training content was then designed keeping in view the specific needs identified during the FGD, status of HR violations in Pakistan and their respective PPC/CrPC provisions in the law, current status of reporting on core UN conventions & global best practices. The training content was geared to realize the above mentioned objectives in a series of trainings conducted across Pakistan with Ministry’s staff, aligned departments and other pertinent stakeholders.
As a result of delivering three trainings under USAID-Training for Pakistan Project, SPO in collaboration with MoHR trained a total number of 47 individuals. All these 47 individuals represented MoHR, all relevant government line departments, Academia & Civil Society.
Social Welfare Department
As explained earlier during the training methodology, the training manual was prepared in the light of a TNA exercise carried out through a focal group discussion. The participants of the training were of the view that wider consultation should have been done before finalization of the training manual and content. The participants also requested to include some international laws like VCLT (Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties) in the training content. The participants also emphasized that the training duration should be reduced or some sort of exposure visits should also be planned during a 5 days training program.