Global Minorities Alliance (GMA) gender development project provides hope to the village women in Pakistan during Covid-19.

Glasgow, UK: The Glasgow based human rights organisation Global Minorities Alliance (GMA) has completed its first phase of a gender development project which was launched earlier this year. 

In January, 2020, GMA opened the Chiragh Din Welfare centre in MariahKhel, Punjab, Pakistan which aimed at equipping local village women with sewing skills and provide them an opportunity to earn and support their families financially. 

GMA launched its first three months sewing course in August, 2020  which was supported by GMA funds. GMA provided sewing machines and material for women to help them support during this challenging time. 

On 10 December, 2020, a certificate ceremony was held in the village where certificates were distributed to the women who completed their sewing course. 

GMA’s Pakistan co-ordinator, Farida Jerome said that we are thankful to GMA for providing local women an opportunity to learn new skills and help them support their families. 

One participant of the programme said, ‘We are thankful to GMA who has provided us a skill development opportunity so we can support our families especially during this pandemic’. 

GMA’s Project Coordinator, Shahzad Khan who oversaw the delivery of the program said, ‘The Cover-19 pandemic has hit women disproportionately all around the world. In developing countries like Pakistan, this is especially true as there are no formal or state level support structures.’

Mr Khan said, ‘We are thankful to our donors who enabled us to reach out to women in MariahKhel and to offer them an opportunity to learn new skills to support their families and community which has been suffering severely from the impact of Covid-19. GMA will shortly launch a new fundraising campaign for the 2021 cohort of the project.’

You can learn more about the project and how to donate via the GMA website here: https://www.globalminorities.co.uk/women-welfare-centre-2

The first cohort of women who took part in the GMA gender development program

Glasgow Singers unite for a Charity Gig

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Glasgow based human rights organisation, Global Minorities Alliance (www.globalminorities.co.uk) has organised a charity fundraiser on 28 July at 6:30pm in city’s Stereo Club 22-28 Renfield Lane Glasgow G2 6PH in support of its current projects.

The event will also feature GMA’s current education campaign to develop a Primary School library project in Kibera slums of Kenya, one of the largest urban slums in the world. The slum library project was first launched in January 2016 after a request from Kenya was made to GMA to help support a slum school children. The slum school is currently supported by local women group and has no books and classroom material available. Previously GMA has donated Gifts boxes to the slum children.

GMA launched online fundraiser page and raised more than £1000 It seeks more funds up to £4,000 to develop a library with cupboards, tables, chairs, computer and other necessary material for school library.

The charity has also liaised Glasgow’s Netherlee Primary School which welcomed GMA’s members to present the project to primary school Children. GMA extends its heartfelt thanks to the staff, parents and the children who made it possible to raise books for children. GMA was donated close to 500 books by the school children. GMA has also established a Scottish Charity Books Abroad which deliver books around the world. Books Abroad will donate 5000 books to Slum School in Kenya on behalf of GMA. Thank you Books Abroad

The charity gig will feature Glasgow Singers Kirsten Easdale, Lord of the Mountain, Will Johnstone, Daryl Sperry, Mick Hargan, Baby Taylor and Bigg Taj. The gig has been supported by Glasgow’s Bloc + and Stereo which will also host the gig.

GMA would like to thank all its partners and especially BLOC+ and Stereo as well as the singers who all made the gig possible and for their kind, selfless gesture for the good causes.

To donate online on our campaign page: Please see the link here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/f15lm9/ab/54brp6

To know more about our Kenya Project library see the link here: https://gmablog.org/2016/01/24/support-kenyan-slum-school/

To apply for Tickets see the link here: http://tickets-scotland.com/gla89 or write to info@globalminorities.co.uk

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Pakistan’s failure to protect Ahmadiyya citizens

Glasgow, Scotland: Global Minorities Alliance has called on Pakistan government to ensure the protection of Ahmadiyya Muslims who are routinely targeted because of their religious beliefs. Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims in 1974 after the then government caved in to religious pressure by mainstream Muslims who consider Ahmadis as heretic.

Global Minorities Alliance has called on numerous levels for the protection of the most persecuted minority in Pakistan.

Attacks on the Ahmadis are sadly routine in Pakistan who are chased only because of their religious beliefs said GMA’s Cheif Executive, Mr Manassi Bernard. ‘The government of Pakistan has failed implement National Action Plan (NAP) to curb hate crimes when it comes to Ahmmidyya community who are subject to targeted killing’.

In the most recent killing of Dr Hameed Ahmad, a 63-year old homeopathic practitioner who was killed outside his home in Darul Salam Colony, Attock, by unknown assailants. According to reports, the deceased was returning home from his clinic after the midday prayer. When he arrived at the gate of his house unknown assailants approached him on a motorcycle and opened fire. One of the shots struck him in the head causing him to die on the spot. After the assault the attackers managed to make a swift getaway.

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Dr Hameed Ahmad

Dr Hameed Ahmad had been facing threats and intimidation for some time now on account of being an Ahmadi. Almost a year and half ago his clinic survived an attempted arson attack. Despite all this he remained committed to his work until the very end and was recognized by all who knew him as a decent and upright man. He is survived by two sons and three daughters.

Expressing his grief at this tragic murder, the spokesperson of Jama’at Ahmadiyya, Salim ud Din said:

“I am shocked and saddened at the news of Dr Hameed Ahmad’s murder. This is a pain that Jama’at Ahmadiyya has long had to get used to. Only recently on May 25, another Ahmadi, Mr Daud Ahmad, was killed in a similar targeted attack in Karachi. It is a cause of great concern to us that in the space of ten days, two innocent Ahmadis have been gunned down outside their homes. It seems that members of the community are again in the crosshairs of extremist groups. On the one hand the authorities speak of good governance, and on the other nothing is done to safeguard the rights of Ahmadis in Pakistan. Hate-speech against Ahmadis has become a matter of routine in the country and enables tragic events like this to take place. The National Action Plan (NAP) was meant to crackdown on hate-crimes but it seems that this isn’t the case when it comes to Ahmadis. I call on the authorities to apprehend Dr Hamid Ahmad’s killers  as quickly as possible and send out a clear message that attacks such as this will not be tolerated and dealt with in the harshest terms.

Source: Nazarat Umur Aama, Pakistan