Webpage Editor: Ingrid H. Shafer, Ph.D.
Posted 10 April 1999
Last revised 7 June 2001
Web-edition copyright © 1999-2000 Ingrid H. Shafer
FOR THE RIGHTS OF FEMALE VICTIMS
OF VIOLENCE IN PAKISTAN
III. VISION/MISSION STATEMENT
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The INRFVVP will work to create an heightened worldwide awareness of the degree and nature of the violence being done to girls and women in Pakistan. Recognizing the fact that female victims of violence, most of whom are poor and illiterate, are not able to change their situation without the assistance of the international community, the INRFVVP will seek the help of agencies and persons engaged in collaborative efforts to secure the rights of people who are seriously disadvantaged in the societies in which they live (as was the case with victims of apartheid in South Africa or female genital mutilation in some countries and communities).
The larger long-term goal of the INRFVVP is to examine the root-causes of violence toward girls and women by a systematic and scientific analysis of both theoretical and empirical data and to identify factors which make such violence so widely prevalent. Once the underlying factors have been discerned and understood, the INRFVVP will strive to create an environment from which the root-causes of violence toward girls and women have been eliminated. The INRFFVP believes that such an environment would be enabling and empowering not only for girls and women but also for men and families and will lead to the social and moral upliftment and advancement of the community or society at large.
The INRFFVP also believes that the findings of the research done in the context of Pakistan will be of benefit to girls and women in other countries especially those who, like the female victims of war in Afghanistan or Bosnia, are faced with exceptionally difficult circumstances. It is particularly hoped that the initiative taken by the INRFVVP will inspire and encourage Pakistani society and communities, as well as other Muslim societies and communities, to root out evil practices such as "honour-killings". These and other acts of violence toward girls and women not only bring a bad name to themselves and to their religion, but are also in stark opposition to the central teachings of Islam as well as universally accepted conventions on fundamental human rights.
An immediate objective of the INRFVVP is to provide direct help - including humanitarian, medical, legal and educational assistance to female victims of violence in Pakistan, through fund-raising by members, as well as through collaboration and networking with supportive and philanthropic agencies and persons.
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