The Victims of Pakistan’s Acid Attacks

Yesterday, The New York Times published an opinion article by Nicholas Kristof, which highlighted the plight of thousands of women in Pakistan who become victims of the acid attacks far and wide in the country. These poor women become the victims of patriarchy, societal norms as their lives, relationships, family and above all their ‘being’ is neglected, denied, deprived and even sacrificed on the name of ‘honour’.

Being a woman in a patriarchal society is an unimaginable life. You are reduced to nothingness. You do not hold any feelings, emotions or any respect. Your existence is no longer an existence. It’s something there, open to abuse, violence and sometimes murder. A life some argue, is worse than a death.

Global Minorities Alliance urges Pakistan government to implement laws with action to help thousands of women who become victims of this barbarous acts of violence by men. There is indeed no ‘honour’ in killing.

The ‘Saving Face’ a documentary which has highlighted the plight of these women who go through excruciating pain both at familial, societal and legal level to get justice. However, not everyone get justice. The fight for rights of women go on.

To watch the documentary on the acid victims of Pakistan click here: ‘Saving Face

Support Kenyan Slum School

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Right to education is one of the most fundamental human rights. Education promotes individual freedom and empowerment. It has a life changing power which transforms us to be a productive part of the society. It is true to say that education is the mother of all rights. However, sadly enough, millions of children and adults are still deprived of this foundational right even in the 21st century. Global Minorities Alliance believes in the advancement of education as part of our fundamental purpose to fight persecution, injustices and inequalities, which we continue to promote at all levels.

In 2014, Global Minorities Alliance launched its #GMAGiftBox4Kids for Kenyan slum children in Kibera, Kenya, one of the largest urban slums in the world. We launched the campaign and with the help of our local partners in Glasgow we were able to send classroom materials (papers, pens, pencils, notepads, toys etc.) to primary school children in Kibera slum in Nairobi. We received the pictures of a thrilled children with wide smiles on their faces after they received our small donation.

Last year, GMA’s representative in Nairobi, Anne Misiko informed us with the need to build a primary library. It is hard to imagine a school without a library, or students without access to the books. We started a campaign and looked for local partners who could help us raise support. We collected close to 500 primary books to date with the Scotstoun Community Centre and Glasgow Cathedral. We are also thankful to Netherlee Primary School, Renfrewshire, Glasgow for their on-going support who even invited us to present the campaign to their school children. We are thankful to children and parents for their readiness and willingness to bring some hope and smile on these slum children in Kenya. We are also thankful for all those who are helping us spread the message on social media.

This month we launched our online donation page to raise funds to build a library. Once our target of £5000 is achieved GMA will provide books, tables, chairs, shelves and computer so children can access to the books when they need it.

You can help us promote the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Also, you can be part of our fundraising team. Whether you are a student or businessman, please join hands with GMA and help empower these children with no books. If you can raise the individual gift of just £25 towards our Kenya library Project as an acknowledgement to your contribution, Global Minorities Alliance will send you the GMA Certificate for your participation in the project. Please drop us an email on info@globalminorities.co.uk before/after the donor sends the gift so we can identify the gift with your name. We can then post the certificate to your address. Thank you!

You can also invite a friend or a family member and can simply donate on this page:

#Books4Future – Help building a library in Kenya:  https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/f15lm9/ab/54brp6

GMA’s Charity Appeal Video: https://www.facebook.com/411533358921035/videos/963299467077752/

Providing a book to a child today can help change his/her life. It changed mine. It changed yours. Why not these slum children in Kibera?

Shahid Khan is the vice-chairperson of Global Minorities Alliance (www.globalminorities.co.uk) He tweets @shahidshabaz

#Books4Future – Help building a library in Kenya!

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On 15 January, we have launched our first campaign for the year 2016. Educating being one of our main objective. We continue to reach out with most deprived communities with the light of knowledge and learning. As most of our readers and supporters know about our previous work in the Star of the Land Education Centre (formerly Mchanganyiko CBO School) is located in the Kibera slums of Nairobi #Kenya.

We have been requested to help children in #Kibera Slums by building a primary school library. We would like to encourage our readers to share and support our education campaign fundraiser page (below)  and help us reach our goal to provide children with library facility in the school. 

‘Education is vital to a thriving society, a key to a bright future. A society without education will become the breeding ground for violence and intolerance. But an educated society will promote tolerance and peace, justice and understanding, innovation and advancement, and positive, self-sustaining growth. It’s important to educate our children, no matter where they live, for they will grow to become responsible citizens of their society,’ says our Kenya Ambassador, Anne Misiko.

We will also be sharing live stories from Kibera Slums on our blog until we reach our goal to infhow our library project can help children reach their dreams. Your support is much appreciated.

For more information please visit our fundraiser page here:

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/f15lm9/ab/54brp6