Awareness Campaign On Human Rights and Gender Equality In Rural Villages of District Benazir Abad (Nawabshah

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Human Rights and Gender Equality Awareness Campaign in Rural Villages of District Benazir Abad (Nawabshah)

An Introduction SANGAT Development Foundation (SDF) is community based nongovernmental Organization, launched with its mission to work for environmentally sustainable development and water and sanitation education especially in remote and backward areas of District Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah). SDF has taken a number of community-based capacity building and awareness initiatives, including seminars on different issues confronting the downtrodden in remote and backward areas. • SANGAT Development Foundation is member of District Advisory and Coordination Committee (DCC), WWF-Indus for All programme of Nawabshah District. • SANGAT Development Foundation is member of International Human Rights Commission (IHRC). • SANGAT Development Foundation Nawabshah is a focal Point on Water and Sanitation by FANSA-Pakistan (Fresh Water Action Network South Asia-Pakistan) for the districts of Nawabshah and Naushoro Feroz, Sindh. • SANGAT Development Foundation Nawabshah is a District Focal Organization on Health issues of the network of The Asia Foundation, Pakistan • SANGAT Development Foundation Nawabshah is a District Focal Organization on Peace issues of the network of Pakistan Peace Coalition (PPC) Pakistan

SANGAT Partners
• Plan International • ActionAid, International, Pakistan • The Asia foundation (TAF) • WWF-Pakistan • UNDP • Election Commission of Pakistan • Sindh Rural Support Program (SRSP) • District Government, Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah) • Taluka Govt Daur, District, Nawabshah • Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI) • Department of Neuro Surgery, People Medical College/Hospital Nawabshah Human Rights and Gender Equality Awareness Campaign in Rural Villages of District Benazir Abad (Nawabshah)

A community dialogue on safe drinking water and sanitation was held with villagers of Jan Muhammad Khan in Union Council (UC) Jhoro Shar in order to aware the local community on the importance of safer drinking water and sanitation and its co-relationship with community health. Sangat team first invited the community members to share their water related facilities and problems in their villages and adjoining areas. The villagers said they are confronting with many socio-economic and other development issues but safe drinking water and sanitation are the main issues of the village. They further do also confess that they have never given so importance to the issues of safe drinking water and sanitation in their villages and were even not so aware that their health problems are directly linked with their proper and safe drinking water and sanitation in their villages.

They complained that deadly diseases such as hepatitis, cholera, malaria and diarrhea are being rapidly spreading not only in their village but also there are a lot of complaints from other poor communities of the villages of surrounding areas and even over all union council Jhoro Shar of Taluka Daur District Nawabshah. The villagers has a more complain regarding diarrheal diseases frequently occurring in the village, which has badly affected especially the vulnerable groups i.e children and women community of the village. Even living in the 21st century, majority of people fetching water from the open ponds for using in their food preparation and drinking purposes, which happened mostly polluted and full Human Rights and Gender Equality Awareness Campaign in Rural Villages of District Benazir Abad (Nawabshah)

of contamination. Using of unfiltered and contaminated water has developed serious health problems in the community of the area. While talking on the occasion, President of Sangat Development Foundation, Nisar A. Brohi said health is wealth for every one being an individual, community, or nation, therefore, developed nations have given top priority to the health of their communities or nation. If a community or nation would not be healthy, cannot have a progress and development in any field of life. Health is the first and foremost priority to have a sustainable socio-economic development of any society. However, it is great dilemma of our nation that even entered in the 21st century, majority of our population drinking unsafe and contaminated water and also living in unhygienic conditions, which has direly affected on their working skills and capacities. He further appealed to the community they should come forward for the solution of their problems facing since many decades. Until and unless community it self would not get involved themselves in the decision-making and implementation process, the problems remain unsolved. So, community involvement in any development process would not only pave the way for the solution of the problems at grass rot level but also ensure their sustainability. In the meeting the community was fully sensitized regarding their village level problems and their possible solutions, especially formation of “Village Based Health Committee” which would chalk out strategy to collectively make all possible efforts in addressing the health related issues confronting by the villagers and would also coordinate with local UC Nazim and EDO Health District Nawabshah for early possible solution especially for the provision of safe drink water to the villagers. The sanitation and hygienic issues was also discussed with villagers and the community was made aware to keep their houses and other residential surrounding areas clean which is the only possible way to keep safe themselves especially their children from deadly diseases and keeping death at bay. Because unhygienic conditions are best sanctuaries for various germs and bacterias, if transmitted in the human body, would a fatal attack on human being. So, it is necessary to keep their environment and especially of house safe from all unhygienic conditions.

Human Rights and Gender Equality Awareness Campaign in Rural Villages of District Benazir Abad (Nawabshah)

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