3 day workshop held on communication with media and use of social media for minorities

Peshawar: Coalition for the Rights of Minorities CRM, an alliance of civil society organizations, has arranged the three-day Train the Trainers program for human rights defenders and religious minorities here at Islamabad on Thursday to develop their skills in communication with media, reporting and to aware them about effective use of social media so as they may highlight their issues and problems in a better manner.

The Global Human Rights Defence GHRD – a Netherland-based international human rights nongovernment organization – teamed up with CRM for organizing the meeting. The training is part of a ‘Train the Trainers’ program initiated by GHRD to provide civil society with the tools they need to investigate, publicize and advocate the human rights situation faced by
religious minorities in Pakistan.

The three-day event focused on communications and media outreach for nongovernment organizations especially how to organize and hold an effective press conference, how to write a press release and how to ensure optimal media outreach. Also, social media and how to use it effectively – interactive websites, face book, twitter and basic photo and video training.

Suzanne de Groot, the first secretary of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, has informed the participants that the Dutch government through its embassy always discussed human rights situation with the government in Islamabad, as Pakistan among other countries signed the international agreements and protocols for the protection of human rights.

Participants from the Peace Education and Development Foundation PEAD, Civil Society Support Program CSSP, Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Children SPARC, Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust, Human Rights Focus Program
HRFP, Christian True Spirit CTS and Hindu Sudhar Sabha attended the program.

Initially, CRM has started with three chapters located in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with possibilities of expansion in Balochistan, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Tribal Areas.