Forced Faith Conversion Umeed provides legal assistance in cases where women are abducted, raped or forced to change their religion and get into unlawful wedlock. Umeed also provides training on women’s human rights and women are prepared to visit police, doctors and politicians to register their cases and to proceed to judiciary for justice.
Child Marriage Umeed works among women and children in the most suppressed communities in the tribal areas of Balochistan and rural/slum areas of Punjab. Through awareness programs, skills training, adult education and by running schools, Umeed prepares parents and their daughters to avoid child marriage since the long term effects of an early marriage can be devastating for the girl.
Transgender Community Umeed provides help to transgender community in Lahore in their psychological and health related issues. Due to lack of resources Umeed has not yet started any project among the transgender community but holds and organizes motivational sessions to lift up their moral, respect and dignity and provide counseling in their physical and psychological problems. They are really vulnerable folks in the whole society. Shamin Gulzar the chairperson of Umeed was in Netherland and there too she had contacts with transgender community to learn and compare their problems with the transgender in Pakistan.
Security Training Umeed got a qualified team of security trainers providing physical, psychological and digital security training to Human rights defenders and their organizations in Pakistan. Due to a growing concern of security of every person, institution and organization in the country there is a big demand for such trainings.
Peace building Umeed works among women through skills trainings, adult education, running schools, women human rights trainings, interactive public debates through stage performance, forming women human rights committees and women peace committees. Through these activities Umeed initiates peace building process and dialogue of life among these women of all faiths. Umeed believes that women are the best carriers of peace and dialogue of life. If minority and majority women have good understanding among them then they could change the whole atmosphere of their homes.
Biased material in Schools curriculum The rate of education among communities Umeed serves is the lowest in the world. One of the main reasons for this is that their children do not survive in the schools since the students from majority community ill-treat them and consider them as their enemies and unclean people. The students from the majority community study in the curriculum that Hindus are their enemies and the Christian are allied with Western powers. The students from religious minorities become more vulnerable to intolerance and violence, while marginalization of minority groups is socio-political fallout of religiously biased education. Umeed through its schools has already created an atmosphere of respect for diversity, peaceful pluralism, coexistence and human rights.
Education (formal and non-formal)
Umeed Schools UPP runs two middle schools for the children of poor desert communities of Cholistan desert district Bahawalpur. These schools are registered with the department of Education district Bahawalpur. Both schools provide quality education to more than 300 students, both boys and girls.
Adult Education Umeed runs 50 adult literacy Centres (each centre 25–30 women) for about 1,400 illiterate women in all its operational regions. The project is ongoing and one session is of 6 months.
Economic Development Skills Training for women and street children UPP empowers women/girls and street children by providing them skills training (embroidery, sewing/tailoring and carpentry) for their economic independence
Youth talent development Umeed runs sports club and street theatre for youth talent development.