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Women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa live in a world which is structured by strict religious, family and tribal customs.

Discrimination is when the individual is not treated on merit but is given advantage over another. Discrimination represents a significant social problem in Pakistan as well as throughout the world. Women face discrimination everywhere in the world. If we talk about Pakistan,
women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa live in a world which is structured by strict religious, family and tribal customs. They are subjected to discrimination and violence on a daily basis, especially working women suffers a lot at their work places. Women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are facing various forms of violence, discrimination and inequality in almost every aspect of life. They work in an atmosphere of fear, and their jobs are guaranteed in exchange for submission. Because of this fear and sense of being inferior as well as alone, imposed by the traditional thoughts of a male dominated society, working women are suffering immensely in their workplaces.

Working women of District Peshawar and Nowshera shall be aware of the Law regarding sexual harassment as well as about how to deal with such unwilling situations and persons in the workplace. Sexual harassment is certainly involved when career benefits are offered for sexual favors. But there are many other types of sexual harassment as well in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. There is a gradient of different types of sexual harassment:

  1. Staring/oggling. 'Aggressive' stare concentrating on special female parts.
  2. Sexual remarks.
  3. Derogatory or demeaning remarks. Using the words 'pet', 'love', 'sweetheart' and so on.
  4. Touching. Pinching, squeezing, tickling, hugging, kissing, massaging, putting things down women's shirts, snapping or undoing bra straps, bumping or brushing into women, leaning over them and breathing heavily when they are working.
  5. Sexual advances made out of sight. Especially after hours when most employees have left.
  6. Open sexual harassment. Asking women out and offering rewards such as flexible working hours, promotion, holidays or better marks.
  7. Rape. Sexual violence of all kinds.

 

Schunaizia Relief & Development Organization (SRDO) has identified two sectors where sexual harassment is very common and completely unreported due to stigma attached and the fear of unemployment in already small women employment market. The two sectors are industrial units in Nowshera specially the match factories where women are employed extensively. Another often overlooked sector with significant women employment is the hospitals where the nursing staff is predominantly female. The women in these two sectors are extremely vulnerable to sexual harassment. The project aims to focus on these two women employment sectors vis-à-vis sexual harassment.

 

 

Project aims to work through building and creating partnerships and coalitions embedded in legal and official framework, across the key public sector institutions, private sector entrepreneurs, lawyers and women workers community within the framework of the sexual harassment act. This would be the central strategy; however the project by its end will be able to create an institutional sustainable mechanism in the project area so that the goal and objective of reducing the sexual harassment in the project area is achieved. It is also emphasized that the outputs and activities will be sequenced in parallel. Activities to achieve one output will be conducted alongside the activities for the other outputs so that a holistic approach is undertaken due to time limits and the nature of the project.