On the eve of the International White Ribbon Day, the 25th of November, 2009, the White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan – WRCP a project of Women’s Empowerment Group – WEG celebrated the Day by holding a Candle Light Vigil in 50+ cities all across the country, touching all localities, areas urban and rural, from the Northern areas of Pakistan, NWFP, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and SWAT to Baluchistan and cities across the Punjab and Sindh till the port city of Karachi.
The event was held at all Press Clubs and places where there wasn’t. Participants wore white ribbons, lit candles and added their signatures to the Petition that is to be presented to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on 8th March, International Women’s Day. This petition is to reinforce and apply peaceful pressure on the Government of Pakistan for its commitment to improve legislation and practices that support women.
People all across the nation lit candles on the eve of White Ribbon Day – and they represent the voice of those who wish to end all forms of violence.
White Ribbon Pakistan presently has an outreach in 54 towns and cities across Pakistan, 142 organizations and over 3958 volunteers.
We hope that with this vigil, we have not only initiated a movement towards ending violence against women but have also collected the civic voices everywhere in the country of people that wish to end the violence and mobilize for PEACE in Pakistan.