04 November 2012
Faith Matters launched the MUSAWAAT (Equality) project at the Avari Hotel in Lahore. The aim of this project is to protect and promote equality in Pakistan and imbed a sense of shared values leading to the protection of minority faiths.
The Musawaat project will support grassroots level interfaith dialogue and understanding between Christian and Muslim communities in Pakistan and will develop facilitated mechanisms which will support interfaith dialogue and social action. The project will also develop confidence and skills within young people to promote interfaith harmony. The launch was attended by a large number of interfaith activists, politicians, journalists, and educationalists.
Commenting on the launch in Lahore on Sunday the 4th of Nov 2012, the Director of the Faith Matters, Fiyaz Mughal OBE stated:
‘‘The communities in Pakistan must stand together and support one another to tackle the grave challenges of extremism. They should explore and celebrate their common history, culture and heritage, rather than religious differences. By doing so, they can promote a unified, safe and peaceful vision of Pakistan.’’
Project Manager for Musawaat, Rehman Anwer said:
‘‘Through project Musawaat, we are aiming to promote inclusion, equality and interfaith dialogue in Pakistan, providing a platform for all voices to be heard- regardless of personal religious beliefs. Engagement of young people through youth work, educational workshops, social media and networking is the key to bring lasting peace and stability in Pakistan."