A meeting was held by Lahore Arts Council with Dr Altaf Ullah Khan, Dean of Humanities Forman Christian College; Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab; and Representatives of GIZ to initiate a first-of-its-kind project in Punjab in raising awareness about Right to Information and Right to Services (RTI & RTS), which are more about transparency in a society and governance. The aim of the project is to strengthen the democratic processes by grassroot empowerment and through awareness. An agreement has been signed between GIZ-Support to Local Governance Programme (LoGo II) and Lahore Arts Council to support Punjab Information Commissions in their outreach and awareness campaigns on right to information. Lahore Arts Council and FCCU will work in a consortium on the project.
In this awareness campaign the Humanities Discipline at FCCU will select and train young students as Women Champions and Ambassadors to serve as influencers and multipliers during the project by engaging in project interventions. Four districts of Punjab, namely Lahore, Khanewal, Sheikhupura and Toba Tek Singh have been selected for the implementation of focused and targeted awareness campaigns. Social media and mainstream media campaigns by the government in the awareness program will also be monitored about the progress in raising awareness by interaction, group discussions and community participation.
Dr Altaf Ullah Khan, Dean of Humanities offered the expertise of the FCCU Quality Enhancement Cell in vetting the interview instrument regarding the communication need assessment of women in the four districts.