The project entitled “Strengthening the peacebuilding infrastructure in Sindh and Punjab” aims to build connectivity and increase capacity of peace activists and members of District Peace Committees (DPCs) in conceptual tools and practical skills for peacebuilding, and assess the role of and challenges to existing peace committees, and enhance the effectiveness of committees, and facilitate establishment of DPCs, where they are yet to be formed.
The project intends to increase knowledge and skills of minority councilors to strengthen their engagement with state’s human rights institutions to promote greater realization of human rights issues; and to enable citizens to effectively exercise their right; to submit complaints on human rights violations using human rights protection mechanism of the state institutions.
Various governmental and non-governmental organizations have been engaged in peacebuilding work using diverse approaches such as; conventional / alternative dispute resolution, peace education, advocacy and raising awareness for rights and promoting interfaith harmony in Pakistan. To support the ongoing peacebuilding efforts in Pakistan CSJ has embarked on assessing the needs, improvising tools, resources and connections to multiply the effect of these commendable efforts.
The activity focuses on assessing needs for systemic peacebuilding primarily in trainings for the concerned governmental and non-governmental entities and mainly in Punjab.
This project encompasses an informed, meaningful and result oriented engagement with newly established Human Rights Institutions (HRIs) in Pakistan.
The activity includes; preparing and submitting complaints for remedying human rights violations, conducting trainings for rights based NGOs and organizing follow-up meetings to facilitate interventions in respective areas of human rights engagement.
Monitoring the progress of HRIs and sharing information through monthly updates is another important aspect of this activity, which ultimately seeks to facilitate CSOs to use this opportunity to materialize protection of human rights and to strengthen democracy.
This activity is about mobilizing public at large, for active participation in national population census in order to enhance ownership of, demand accurate and useable data, especially for the marginalized and neglected sections of the society, i.e. minorities, women and persons with disability.
This project involves: a) advocacy activities to highlight challenges and way forwards in holding a credible national population census. This includes an interaction with relevant stakeholders in the government and civil society will be kept to bring the CSOs’ concerns to the relevant officials; b) and observing and facilitating government in preparations for the national population census. Arrangements will be made to bridge any gaps in enumeration by census staff through active participation of the concerned groups.
The project output includes producing a research paper (15-20 pages), pamphlets, posters and posting information on website, social media, advocacy seminars, meetings with Census Organization and other relevant government bodies.
The activity includes making recommendations for improving the working methodology and for presenting user friendly data of the national population census.
CSJ provides consultation, analysis, technical input in trainings, developing programs, and also participates as resource team in trainings- seminars and conferences organized by different Civil Society Organizations. This collaboration has been extended to following organizations:
Office of Human Development – Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC), Forum Asia, Christian Study Centre, Democratic Commission for Human Development (DCHD), Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF), Democracy Reporting International, Peace Education And Development Foundation, (PEAD) Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, LUMS University, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), National Commission for Justice and Peace, Jinnah Institute, AWAM Pakistan, Pattan Development Organization, Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy, Bytes For All and Bargad.