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December 12, 2013
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Pakistan wins prestigious international HR award

December 12, 2013

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KARACHI: Aahung, a Karachi-based non-governmental organisation, was recently awarded the Human Rights Tulip Award by the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, says a press release on Wednesday.
The award was presented to Director Aahung Sheena Hadi by the minister in The Hague.Dutch embassies, national and international NGO’s and the public nominated candidates for this award. Three finalists were chosen by the public through a vote and three finalists received a wild card from the Hague Institute for Internationalisation of Law, the implementing organisation. A jury consisting of academics, professionals and government officials evaluated the six finalists for the award. The Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs selected Aahung as the 6th official recipient of the annual award.
‘Awarding the Human Rights Tulip is not only about looking back but also — mainly — about looking ahead to the future,’ Timmermans says. “How can we support the winner in the good work she and her organisation are doing? Aahung’s positive agenda is precisely what can make the difference for more and more young people in Pakistan. The organisation for human beings and their rights. We want to support their work,” he added.
The Human Rights Tulip Award is presented each year to a global human rights defender or organization for the promotion and protection of human rights through the use of innovation. The award allows individuals and organizations to win global recognition and support to further develop and scale up their innovation. Recipients of the award in the past have included individuals who have worked on human rights issues related to violence against women in armed conflict zones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, inhumane execution method in Iran, protection of the rights of relatives of individuals who have disappeared in Honduras, and legal rights in China.
This year, Aahung was nominated for its role in advancing reproductive

health and rights at a national level through the use of innovative strategies which have overcome barriers to promoting public awareness on critical topics of reproductive health such as gender equality, violence, maternal health, and infection prevention. Through its efforts, Aahung has significantly increased public access to quality information and services for reproductive health and rights by developing long-term, sustainable partnerships with organizations and institutions providing education and medical services.
Aahung’s programmes include educational interventions which work towards equipping young people with essential life skills to support their capacity to make healthy and informed decisions regarding their health. Recently, Aahung has initiated programmes with children as young as age 4 with an aim topromote body protection and prevent abuse. Along with training teachers to implement school-based programme, Aahung also focuses on strengthening the delivery of quality reproductive healthcare in Pakistan by improving the information and skills of medical professionals and ensuring that pre-service medical students are better prepared to manage the reproductive health needs of the local population.
Aahung also continues to work on enhancing community outreach by working with the field staff of community based organisations (CBOs).

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