Introduction to the Project:
In the 207.77 million population of Pakistan, 3.60% of the population consists of religious minorities. A significant part of this faith based minority makes their permanent home in Punjab province. Bargad has partnered with the Youth Affairs department, Government of Punjab and Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture to promote equal citizenship, tolerance and interfaith harmony among communities in Punjab.
The project will engage and train youth on themes of social cohesion and equal citizenship and the trainees will execute social actions within their respective communities and campuses. Simultaneously, there will be advocacy work done for better implementation of laws and policies related to minority student representation in technical and professional educational institutions in the Punjab province.
This project will run from May 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2018.
Our project lends support to and is aimed at meeting the Sustainable Development Goals 10-Reducing inequality and Goal 16- Fostering peace. Through strengthening equal citizenship for all, we can increase a sense of inclusiveness and acceptance among various types of communities. In addition, the hostility and sometimes override of the law can also be avoided through a sense of being one community, rather than fragments of the same community, as Ex. Prime Minister states in Pakistan’s Vision 2025:
“We remain committed to our basic values of solidarity, harmony, compassion and above all respect for all our fellow citizens. Our institutions will have to enshrine the concept of human dignity which signifies a polity where law is supreme…”
Project outcomes we hope to achieve
- Hate speech gradually reduced and replaced with a positive narrative of social harmony, achieved through trained youth leaders promoting peaceful co-existence and social cohesion in the society.
- Civil society advocating for reforms, better implementation of laws and policies to reduce violent extremism and promote equal rights and opportunities for all citizens regardless of faith and ethnicity.
The project activities
- Formation of a Project Steering Committee which will serve in advisory capacity and will lend support in order to achieve the project goals.
- Three-day Project Planning Meeting.
- Launching and presentation of the project.
- Joint celebration of religious festivals; Eid, Christmas and Diwali.
- Four Training workshops on social cohesion and Equal citizenship based on a training manual.
- 10 Social Actions reaching at least 240 community or campus fellows.
- Development and dissemination of Policy Brief on Allocation of five percent (5%) quota for minority students in technical and professional education institutions.
- Development and dissemination of Legislative Amendment Draft on minority representation in the governing board of the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Authority
- Development and dissemination of resolution on inclusion of minority-friendly contents in official curriculum.
- multi-stakeholder dialogues, 1-to-1 lobbying and networking meetings
- Social media campaign, poster as well as four seminars in universities on the project themes.
The Esteemed Steering Committee
- Mr. Aroon Kumar( Secretary General Hindu Sudharsabha)
- Ms. RominaKhurshidAlam (MNA)
- Ms. Hina Butt (MPA)
- Ms. Nabila Hakim (MPA)
- Ms. SughraSadaf (Director General PILAAC)
- Mr. Taranjeet Singh (Media)
- Mr. Zeeshan Zafar (Board Member Bargad)
- Ms. Wasma Imran (Youth Representative)
- Mr.Nauman Ali Chaudhry (Executive Director Tehqeeq)
- Ms. Tahira Habib (Human Rights Activist)
- Ms.Umaima Tahir Wadood( Journalist “The News”)