Monday, July 6, 2009

War Against Rape (WAR)

War Against Rape (WAR) is a group of committed women and men dedicated to building a sensitized society free from gender-based oppression, discrimination, exploitation and violence. WAR aims to raise awareness about the issues of sexual violence and rape; help the survivors legally, psychologically and medically; punish the perpetrators and improve the laws relating to rape and other forms of sexual abuse and violence.

In 1989 WAR was established by a group of highly motivated volunteers and functioned as a pressure group working to ‘break the silence’ surrounding the issue of rape. WAR has since then grown into a formal organization having a blend of professional salaried staff and volunteers. The WAR office is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm except for Saturdays and Sundays.

Over the years WAR has come to realize the widespread prevalence in our society of sexually abusive relationships within the home such as incest, marital rape and child sexual abuse. Experience has also highlighted the far-reaching traumatic effects of verbal, emotional and physical abuse that women are subjected to in the home, in the work place and in society in general.

This has lead to WAR extending its sphere to include all cases of sexual abuse ranging from sexual harassment to the absolute aggravated cases of rape. With successes in the legal field, the establishment of Women’s Police cells and several awareness and para-legal workshops behind it, WAR has launched a new Awareness Program and hopes to continue it’s momentum of growth and effectiveness

MQM re-organizes party’s Central Information Department

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Rabita Committee yesterday announced the re-organizing of party’s Central Information Department and its sub committees. This was announced by MQM leader, Anees Ahmed Qaimkhani at Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall, Azizabad, said a statement issued by MQM.
Earlier, a joint meeting of members of MQM’s media, news, video, cam-zone and photo sections was also held at Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall.
According to the announcement, member of the Rabita Committee, Syed Qasim Raza will be the Incharge while Syed Saif Abbas will be Joint Incharge of a 10-member Central Information Department of the MQM.