Dear Friends

A powerful earthquake has hit Northern areas of Balochistan at 5:15 this morning (October 29, 2008). The reports are still coming from the devastated areas of Ziarat, Pishin and adjoining districts. The very initial estimates of deaths is around 200 and 10,000 people being displaced/ homeless. Due to restricted mobility and communication channels, God forbid the casualties could be higher!

The winter in Balochistan has set-in. The earthquake prone areas under extream cold weather and people need immediate support. IDSP’s assessment teams have moved to the areas and we are constantly coordinating with other organizations which are active in the area. 

The people desperately need tents, blankets, medicine, food, water & other necessities of daily life. Relief Operation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation will definitely take time & money.

Your contributions can make a lot of difference. Please come forward & help for the welfare of humanity. Our little help can reduce the miseries of these affected people.

Waiting for your support in-kind or cash!

Contact Person: Ghulam Rabani (Mobile 0343-8000181)

Dr. Quratulain Bakhteari

IDSP-Pakistan
7-A Al Mashriq Street, Arbab Karam Khan Road Quetta, Pakistan
Ph#. 92-81-2471776, 2470243
Fax#. 92-81-2447285
idsp@idsp.org,pk
www.idsp.org.pk


Understanding and celebrating the Women Leadership in Traditional Societies

July 14th – 18th 2008

Introduction

Mainstreaming Gender and Development in Balochistan (MGDB)
Mainstreaming Gender and Development in Balochistan (MGDB) is one of
the vital practices of Institute for Development Studies and Practices
(IDSP) in which 220 young Balochistan women, mainly from the
7-traditional districts are engaged to assert their human position, to
contribute in the social development as activist, thinkers, workers and
educators. IDSP has conducted 45 weeks long theory and practice based
courses for the groups of these motivated women, who are now
contributing in their families and communities while valuing the
repressed knowledge and valued folk literature for social cohesion and
integrity. The groups have established 4-district campuses in District
Pishin, Khuzdar, Sibi and Mastung. They are now linked with local
government and educational institutions to understand and respond the
challenge of globalization which severely affects the local livelihood,
linguistic, cultural and environmental ecology and mechanisms of peace
and accountability. IDSP has planned five days gathering from July 14th
to 18th for consolidating the experiences of this program.

The Purpose
The purpose of this Gathering was to celebrate and analyze the
practices of IDSP working with traditional women in Balochistan and explore
venues of engaging women in a process of leadership development

Objectives
•    Consolidating IDSP’s practices in gender and development in Balochistan
•    Exploring venues and spaces for alternative mainstreaming gender

Major Theme of Gathering
“Women leadership in Traditional Societies; opportunities and Potential”

Day 1 – 14th July 2008

First day of the event included the activities to formally start the
event. Day also included the activity of “Expression through Art” for
the participants of the program. This day was chaired by the Cheif
Guest, Minister for Information Technology, Ms. Parveen Magsi, Director
IDSP Dr. Quratulaine Bakhteari, Ms. Naureen Lehri (MGDB
representative) and Local Government representatives from 4 districts
of Balochistan.

First Session:

Opening: Welcome note and Presentation
Day started with the welcome note by Director IDSP Dr.
Quratulaine Bakhteari followed by the presentation from Ms.
Naureen Lehri on
project’s introduction, history, need & objectives of the
event.

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Experience sharing by Local Government representatives
Local Government representatives from 4 Districts of Balochistan
province and District Nazim Khuzdar shared their thoughts about their
experience with Mainstreaming Gender and Development in
Balochistan program and its activities.

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Chief Guest Speech
Chief guest of the event Ms. Parveen Magsi, Minister for Information
Technology Balochistan, appreciated the initiative
of Mainstreaming Gender and Development in Balochistan and
requested IDSP to expand this program to other districts as well. She
also ensured her support for this initiative.

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Shields Distribution
Shields were presented to Chief Guest, Director IDSP and Local
Government representatives by program team to recognize their
commitment and support to the program and its cause.

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Second Session
Expression through Art
Participants of the program participated in the interesting activity
of Expression through Art. In this activity participants expressed
their experiences in the project and their interpretation of the
event’s theme (i.e. Understanding and celebrating the Women Leadership
in Traditional Societies) through drawings & sketches

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Day 2 – 15th July 2008

First Session:

Day opening and Introduction:
Day formally started after the recitation of verses form Holy Quran by
Mr. Sohail Ahmed. Ms. Abida Dehpal, who was the moderator for the day,
gave an overview on the day’s activities and thematic areas going to be
discussed.

Group discussions on thematic areas:
Thematic areas for the day were “Self awareness and Gender development”
and “Self Awareness and Literature”. Resource persons of thematic areas
were Dr. Quratulaine Bakhteari and  Mr. Raziq Fahim. 
Groups discussions were held where participants discussed Hurdles,
Solutions and Opportunities for the each thematic area.

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Second Session:

Session by Mr. Ishaq Lehri:
Mr. Ishaq Lehri, an artist and professor at University of Balochistan,
presented his paper and discussed with audience the topic of 
“History of human in the perspective of Art and Literature”. He
discussed the process of social evolution and the factors which
compelled human beings towards change. Furthermore he discussed that
how this change is reflected in the art and literature.

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Art exhibition:
Paintings and sculptures were displayed in the art exhibition which
highlighted the thematic areas of the day and gave an insight into the
topics through the medium of art.

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Day 3 – 16th July 2008

First Session:

Day opening and Introduction
Verses form Holy Quran were recited by Mr. Sohail Ahmed to start the
proceedings of the day. Ms. Shahida Yousaf was the day’s Moderator.
After recitation, moderator gave an overview on day’s activities and
introduction of resource persons for the activities.

Group discussions and presentations
Thematic area of the day was “Importance of family in development
process” and Mr. Ashraf Kaisrani and Ms. Kausar S.K were the resource
persons. Group discussion activity started with the questionnaire where
three questions were asked from the audience.
1.What are the restriction in your family for the women in working
outside and education?
2.What recommendation do you propose to get away from these
restrictions?
3.What reasons do they give for these restrictions?
Answers to these questions provided basis to the group discussion
activity for which participants were divided into the groups on the
basis of their ethnicity. These groups were : Baloch, Pashtoon, Siraiki
& Sindhi and Punjabi & Urdu speaking. After the group
discussion session, groups presented the outcomes of the discussion in
front of the audience.

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Second Session

Theater
Theater was performed on the theme of Women’s right and domestic
violence. Theater highlighted three important aspects of the theme:
There is a discrimination in our society and boys are preferred over
girls in contrast with the teachings of equal rights in religions.
Women do not have the right to choose their life partners. Women are
not given the share of parents property. Member of the theater were Mr.
Masood soomro team leader, Sharif Shambazi, Shaida yousaf, Abida Depal,
Khail Mohmmed Khail, Abid Hussian, Ms. Haman, Ms. Hallia ramazan, Ms.
Shazia Waheed and Ms Sahima Akram.

Talk by Professor Ashraf Kaisrani
Professor Ashraf Kaisrani talked about the “family in culture and
religion dimension”. He pointed out that religion has given rights to
women and has empowered them but it is the culture which has created
the problems. He highlighted that religion of Islam has given equal
rights to women and recognized their importance. He further said that
all religions of the world respect women rights and do not believe in
discrimination.

Sharing of views
Participants of the program came from different districts along with
their parents to participate in this event. This activity gave them the
opportunity to share their views and experiences
about Mainstreaming Gender and Development in Balochistan
program and this event with the audience. Some of the parents expressed
the experience of hardships they faced due to society’s attitude
towards working woman and how their daughters’ success  have
changed the attitude of people. They extended gratitude to IDSP team
and Mainstreaming Gender and Development in Balochistan Program for
providing their daughters opportunities which changed people attitudes
and bought a positive change in society

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Day conclusion
Ms. Kausar S.K in her concluding remarks lauded IDSP’s efforts and
highlighted the need to replicate 
Mainstreaming Gender and Development in Balochistan initiative in other
districts of Balochistan. Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch formally concluded the
day’s activities by giving the general conclusion. Furthermore, he
stated that this event has provided us a vision for future and enabled
us to evaluate our strengths and identify areas where further research
and work needs to be done.

Day 4 – 17th July 2008

First Session:

Day Opening:
Day’s proceedings started after the practice of Holy Quran’s verses
recitation by Qari Sohail Ahmed. Day’s moderator was Ms. Farkhanda
Yousaf who gave an overview on day’s activities and objectives. She
also introduced the Resource persons for the activities planned for the
day.

Group discussion activity:
Resource persons for the group discussion were Dr. Shah Muhammad Marri,
Mr. Kamil Khan Mumtaz and Ms. Amer Sindho and Dr. Quratulaine
Bakhteari. Group activity started after division of participants into
three different groups. Question which was addressed during the
discussion was “How was our society 30 years back from now?”.
Participants worked in groups and then presented the outcomes in front
of the audience. Furthermore, there was question and answer session
organized after the presentations.

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Second Session:

Talk by Dr. Shah Muhammad Marri:
Dr. Shah Muhammad Marri talked on the topic “Exploring spaces of
cultural positive interaction and reducing prejudices”. He explained
the meaning of society and addressed the question “If Human being is
the center of society then what is the meaning of society?” He
discussed that how commonly conceived women suppressing cultures have
spaces for women empowerment

Talk by Mr. Kamil Khan Mumtaz:
Mr. Kamil Khan Mumtaz shared his ideas on the topic “Traditional
societies: gender sensitization and collectivism” He discussed violence
and nature of human beings and definition of culture. He pointed out
that materialistic realities and human desires has  made human
being deviate from spiritual beliefs. He  shared his views on
different types of societies and discussed how societies evolved from
the one where human beings used to live just for fulfilling basic needs
to a society where human beings started expecting more and more and
thus developed a system where men are supposed to earn, struggle and
fight while women got the role of serving men in their houses. He
further said that in current society spiritual beliefs and values are
forgotten which has corrupted the idea of men and women working
together.

Talk by Ms. Amar Sindho:
Ms. Amer Sindho discussed the topic of peace and highlighted the
importance of justice and equal distribution of resources for it. She
shared her point-of-view that the problem was created when men started
growing more than they required. This greed caused injustice which
provided basis to the violence and disturbed the process of peace.

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Conclusion:
Dr. Quratulaine Bakhteari and Ms. Noreen Lehri delivered the vote of
thanks to the resource persons and distributed gifts and shields.

Day 5 – 18th July 2008

Day Opening:
It was the last day of the event and the day started by the recitation
of Holy Quran’s verses. Recitation was performed by a female
participant on the request of Director IDSP. Moderator for the day Ms. Naheed gave an overview on the day’s activities and introduced the chief guest of the day Ms. Arifa Syeda Zehra,  Chairperson of National Commission for Women Status.

Reflection of Participants:
Participants of the event, who came from different districts of
Balochistan, shared their views and thoughts about the experience of
the whole event. All participants appreciated IDSP’s effort and
highlighted the need for organizing likewise events.

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Speech of Ms. Arifa Syeda Zehra:
Ms. Arifa Syeda Zehra discussed the violence and injustice with women.
She expressed her point-of-view on image of landlord, injustice done to
women in families and misconceptions about religious beliefs regarding
women. She criticized the modern practice of presenting women as “sex
symbol” in media for advertisement purposes. Furthermore, she also
highlighted the need for men and women collaboration at work place.

Conclusion:
Ms. Noreen Lehri gave the detailed conclusion of the whole event
activities and shared the future vision. She stressed on the need of
expanding the initiative and highlighted the proposed plans. In the end
of the event, Director IDSP Dr. Quratulaine Bakhteari distributed
shields and gifts to the chief guest and event organizers for the
successful execution of the event.


Institute for Development Studies and Practices (IDSP-Pakistan) is a national research and academic institute working in the field of community development since 1998. It is space where the motivated individuals and group can learn, promote, practice, share their knowledge, experiences and try to create an environment where the dominant development and education system can be redefined. Courses offered by the institute are based on theory and practice. IDSP has engaged 1200 young men and women in the field of community development.

Mainstreaming Gender and Development in Balochistan (MGDB) is one of the vital practices of IDSP in which 220 young Balochistan women, mainly from the 7-traditional districts are engaged to assert their human position, to contribute in the social development as activist, thinkers, workers and educators. IDSP has conducted 45 weeks long theory and practice based courses for the groups of these motivated women, who are now contributing in their families and communities while valuing the repressed knowledge and valued folk literature for social cohesion and integrity. The groups have established 4-district campuses in District Pishin, Khuzdar, Sibi and Mastung. They are now linked with local government and educational institutions to understand and respond the challenge of globalization which severely affects the local livelihood, linguistic, cultural and environmental ecology and mechanisms of peace and accountability. IDSP has planned five days gathering from July 14th to 18th for consolidating the experiences of MGDB.


The purpose:
The purpose of this Gathering is to celebrate and analyze the practices of IDSP working with traditional women in Balochistan and explore venues of engaging women in a process of leadership development.


Objectives:
· Consolidating IDSP’s practices in gender and development in Balochistan
· Exploring venues and spaces for alternative mainstreaming gender

Major Theme of Gathering:
“Women leadership in Traditional Societies; opportunities and Potential”


Theme One:
Gender Development: A journey from Self _Awareness to Leadership”

Objectives of the day:
· To elaborate the processes of self development and leadership by engaging women
· To signify the importance of art and literature in self growth


Theme Two:
Family and Development Processes

Objectives of the Day:
· To explore the dimensions of the engagement of families in creating spaces for women leadership
· Understanding the role of family in alternative gender mainstreaming in society

Theme Three:
Traditional Societies: Gender sensitization and Opporchunit8ies for collectivism

Objectives of the Day:
· Highlighting spaces of collaboration for gender sensitivity in traditional societies
· Creating spaces of dialogues and interactions amongst different religious groups for constructive society


For further detail, please download the following documents:

Educational process at Balochistan
Evaluation Report
Compiled report of HRD for Mainstreaming Gender and Development
Womens Empowerment


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Noreen Lehri, noreen.lehri@idsp.org.pk
IDSP-Pakistan
7-A, Al Mashriq Street, Arbab Karam Khan Road, Quetta, Pakistan.
Ph: 0092-81-22471776
Fax; 0092-81-22470243
Email: idsp@idsp.org.pk
Web: www.idsp.org.pk


 

Mr. Barkat Shah Kaker talked about the values system that existed and still exist in majority of Balochistan concerning agriculture. The land and the produce here is considered as sacred and not merely for the consumption of food and of well being. A natural bond existed between the farmer and the land, if this bond is revived and restored, the crises will be overcome, else the doomsday is upon us. For details from Barkat please click here


Dr Khair Mohammed Kaker talked about the government perspective on the issues concerning the food crisis. He said that the rising trends in costs of electricity and fuel which are backbone of modern agriculture are playing havoc with the farmers in Balohcistan. Alternative technologies such as solar and wind energy, coupled with other measures can help cope the crisis. For downloading presentation click here


Professor Abdul Majeed talked said that an analysis of world experience in water management and conservation leads us to the conclusion that “demand management” is the most viable option of water management aimed at achieving water conservation and consequently sustainable development. For details please click here


Ms.Najma Sadiq spoke about why did a food shortage occur and the food prices rise?

 

 

Actually, it did not have to happen. It was manmade. There is no such thing as industrialization without agriculture. People will always have to eat, and a considerable amount of raw materials for manufactured goods will always be required by industry. The right to food and the right to grow one’s own food must be upheld. Food should not be treated as a commodity; in the domestic market, not at all. Modern agricultural technologies may produce more, but only in the short-term, and come at an unacceptable price. Increasing amounts of artificial inputs are necessary to maintain the same output in subsequent years. This ultimately renders the land completely unproductive.

Please click here to download the presentation




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