Society for Mobilization Advocacy and Justice (SMAAJ)
‘Honour’ killings are among the most heinous forms of institutionalized violence women face. In Baluchistan, one of the poorest provinces in Pakistan, civil society organizations and the media have expressed ongoing fear that such practices continue. In 2016, according to media reports and women’s rights activists, 36 women from the region lost their lives to so-called ‘honour’ killings.
The Society for Mobilizing Advocacy and Justice is registered in Quetta, Baluchistan in Pakistan. The mission of SMAAJ is to mobilize, support and develop the capacities of the disadvantaged and most vulnerable people of the community, to bring positive and sustainable changes to their lives by minimizing factors that contribute to poverty and vulnerability.
SMAAJ has proposed to implement a project to address the issues of gender-based violence in the Distract of Jafarabad in Baluchistan, including ‘honour’ killings. The goal of the project is to make significant contribution to the reduction of gender-based violence and understandings of peace and security. The programme will provide support to women who face violence though counselling and psycho-social support. It will also implement an awareness campaign on gender-based violence including the practices of ‘honour’ killing.