Human beings are blessed with immense potential and abilities to achieve impossible. But life teaches us that path to success through pain, suffering, hardships and hard work. Time leaves scars, but heals the wounds. There has been a rise in violence against women, and rape is the most heinous crime that not only cripples their life but also shatters their confidence. Sexual abuse and domestic violence are not just common in all over the world, but poison the lives of thousands of women. There are two approaches to deal with such problems: firstly, the societies should take such measures to stop such crimes; secondly, if they take place then what should be done for those victims? Following story is based on ideas how to help such women in restoring their confidence.
An Article by the Asian Human Rights Commission
PAKISTAN: The WISE women of Karachi
WISE — Women’s International Shared Experience Project – travelled
to Karachi, to work with women from throughout the Sindh area who have
been raped, sexually assaulted or domestically abused.
9 women spent 14 days living together and receiving training in video
production. Some of the women could not read or write and their
confidence had been stripped away from them as a result of the abuse
they had faced.
Through participatory learning activities — a practice based on the
writings of Paulo Friere <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Freire>
— and the use of symbols and touch, the women were able to make a
documentary, which tells the story of the women of Pakistan. The women
not only planned and filmed the documentary, but also edited it — not
a small task for those in the group who had never touched a computer
The resulting documentary is a unique look at the issues addressed
through the eyes of women who have faced or who are still facing human
rights abuses against them each day.
The video has been split into two parts, so that we could upload them
in Pakistan — due to ISP restrictions. Please take a look at them
The WISE project will now travel to Jakarta to work with women who
have been infected with HIV – either through drug use or through