Cavish Development Foundation (CDF) has been working in Pakistan for over a decade, with a mission to empower deprived communities and disadvantaged groups so that they can improve their quality of life. Good governance, human rights, participatory approaches and education and literacy have remained core areas of CDF’s work throughout.
Peacebuilding and conflict resolution are part of CDF’s recent projects, and has initiated the ‘Inter-faith Harmony and Peace Project’ along with a project on eliminating violence against women in Pakistan. Their geographic area of focus is in the provinces of Sindh, Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The Inter-faith Harmony and Peace Project works in two districts of Punjab – Khanewal and Rajanpur. The project’s long-term goal is to “improve social co-existence and to promote inter-faith harmony among Pakistan’s majority Muslims and the country’s religious minorities.” The project does this by creating awareness around the need for inter-faith harmony by educating Muslims and religious minorities on the importance of peace and social co-existence. This way, they have been able to reinvigorate public discussion on the issue, and have run a national-level conference.
CDF aims to play a major role in enhancing support for ending violence against women in Pakistan, and, in early 2010, started a two-year project focusing on this issue. The project is funded by European Union, and in partnership with Bedari – a women and children’s rights organisation. The project takes a holistic approach towards addressing the issue of domestic violence, working on policy advocacy, capacity building and mass awareness building.
Report compiled by:
Zahid Shahab Ahmed
Dr. Zahid Shahab Ahmed is serving as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Peace & Conflict Studies, National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) in Islamabad.