Marriam Colony: International City of Peace

We welcome Alyas Rahmat, founding Managing Director of Community Healthy Advocacy Network At Nation (CHANAN), who with his colleagues are launching a citywide International City of Peace initiative starting in Marriam Colony, Green Town, Lahore, Pakistan. The group is focused on involvement of youth and women and promoting education, health, democracy and human rights.

Note: Introduction page with information primarily at the time of joining International Cities of Peace. For updates, please contact the liaison.




Community Healthy Advocacy Network At Nation – CHANAN is a registered organization under the society registration act 1860. CHANAN aims to highlight the human rights issues of women and youth as this profile group of society found to be neglected and disregarded of their contributions and strengths. There is lack of involvement of youth and women in decision / policy making as well as lack of education / awareness regarding health, social and legal, democracy and Human right issues, while discriminatory laws and social customs against women hinders them to enhance their self growth and enjoy equal status in the society.

Taking promises from men to end violence against women.

A society where women’s and youth rights are respected and recognized

A session on Gender with University students.

The mission of CHANAN is to protect and promote human rights and improve the status of youth and women and enable them to equally and actively participate in all affairs of life directly linked with them.

A peace protest against violence that resulted in a school blast.

To organize youth and women into groups and build their capacity so that they can play vital role as “Change Agent” to bring sustainable development in their communities.
To sensitize policymakers and society at large about their concerns employing implements such as theatre, media, dialogue, training workshops, seminars etc.

Facilitating a session on leadership with youth.


CHANAN believes in Participatory Rights-Based Approach

Addressing audience on importance of Pace on Peace Day in Nepal.


Awareness Raising

  • Theater (including Street, Interactive, Community and Forum Theater)
  • Referral System / Linkages Development / Networking
  • Group Formation and Capacity Building
  • Documentation (film, publications, documentaries etc.)

A theater session with youth on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).


Focusing Areas


  • Human Rights focusing on Women Rights and Gender
  • Democracy, Civic and Voter Education
  • Health / Reproductive Health
  • Education (Informal and non formal / Skills Building
  • Peace including Socio-Religious and Inter-Faith Harmony

Pakistan Peace League

Sports are one of the greatest medium to engage and gather different people on a one platform, which is a brilliant tool to promote justice, social harmony, co-existence, team work and inter-faith harmony.

Cricket is one of the very important kind of sports, In Pakistan there is a huge number of youth who love to play cricket, who are very much passionate of sports. Therefore, to engage them on a single platform and to promote peace, interfaith harmony and social awareness, CHANAN has initiated an idea of Pakistan Peace League for youth.

CHANAN is conducting Pakistan Peace League PPL each year on the occasion of International Peace Day/Youth day to the support the Goal # 16 of Sustainable development Goals.

The aim of the event is to have a bunch and diverse group of youth cricket teams to spread peace, justice, interfaith harmony and social message and the spirit of love among them through sports.



Alyas Rahmat

Mr. Alyas Rahmat is founding Managing Director of Community Healthy Advocacy Network At Nation-CHANAN ( He is a long-time advocate of Youth and women’s rights. He is a peace activist, a human rights defender and a volunteer for youth, peace and human rights. He worked in various capacities for women’s youth and human rights organizations in Pakistan as activist, volunteer, part time and full time staff member.

He is a trainer, facilitator, leader, and motivational speaker for youth & women. From 1999 to 2020 he participated in many national and international trainings conferences, meetings, seminars, festival on regular bases. His focus is to advocate for Domestic Worker’s Human rights.

He has equipped with Theatrical skills on street, interactive and Forum Theater. He leaded, designed and implanted many theater projects and trained many youth theater groups on street/interactive skills across country. He took many initiatives including a Human Rights Network, a national level network working for human rights of women/Domestic Workers and youth, Annual Theater Festival, and Pakistan Peace League, a sports event being conducted every year for youth to promote the peace and harmony among and through youth.

He also a member/Alumni of many international networks/organization including international Domestic Worker’s Alliance, Acton University Grand Rapid-USA, UNSDG action campaign Bonn-Germany, Paris Peace Forum-France, Peace First USA (mentor), APWLD-Thailand (mentor) PAN Intercultural Arts UK (mentor).
Keeping in view of his commitments, dedications and hard work for a peaceful, harmonized and a healthy society he received many certificates, acknowledgments, awards, appreciation letter from national and international organizations/platforms.




To contact or support this initiative:
Alyas Rahmat
Founder / Managing Director CHANAN Pakistan
Coordinator Human Right Network Pakistan
Cell: 0092 333 4649748
Whatsapp: 0092 333 4649748
Office: 0092 42 37164706
Fax: 0092 42 37164706
Web site:
Skype: alyasrahmat1


Marriam Colony, Green Town, Lahore, Pakistan: International City of Peace.
Green Town (Urdu, Punjabi: شهرک سبز, Shahrak-e-Sabz) is a neighbourhood and union council (UC 139) located in Nishtar Tehsil of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Nishtar is an administrative zone in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.[1] It forms one of 10 zones of the Lahore metropolitan area.

Punjab is Pakistan’s most populous province, with a population of about 110,012,442 as of 2017. Forming the bulk of the transnational Punjab region, it is bordered by the Pakistani provinces of Sindh, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the enclave of Islamabad, and Azad Kashmir. It also shares borders with the Indian states of Punjab, Rajasthan, and the Indian-administered territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The capital is Lahore, a cultural, historical, economic and cosmopolitan centre of Pakistan where the country’s cinema industry, and much of its fashion industry, are based.[4][5] Punjab is also the world’s fifth-most populous subnational entity, and the most populous outside China or India.

Pakistan,[c] officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,[d] is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s fifth-most populous country with a population exceeding 212.2 million. It is the 33rd-largest country by area, spanning 881,913 square kilometres (340,509 square miles). Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650-mile) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China to the northeast. It is separated narrowly from Tajikistan by Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor in the northwest, and also shares a maritime border with Oman.

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