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ASR believes that action cannot be divorced from theory and activism is an important and indispensable element for social transformation. Consequently advocacy and activism are an integral part of ASR’s holistic approach to all aspects of development work. The nature of this activity takes different forms but includes creating public opinion and sensitising people on issues related to class, identity, poverty, hunger, women and on people based development.
ASR workers are also active members of several other organisations particularly the Joint Action Committee, various peace committees, human rights initiatives, youth forums, cultural and literary forums and those upholding and supporting women’s rights activism.
ASR has taken up the issue of the Family Laws Ordinance of 1961 for advocacy and has visited all the four provinces of Pakistan to spread awareness and inform people about the consequences caused by the Federal Shariat Court decision. According to this decision, the court had directed the president of Pakistan to take steps to amend the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance of 1961 to bring it in conformity with Islam. Activists all over Pakistan feel that with this decision women shall cease to have even some of the few legislative provisions of their rights that they had in the past.