KARACHI: Oxfam in Pakistan in collaboration with the Sindh Commission on the Status of Women and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) launched the resource directory for the survivors of gender-based violence in Sindh alongside a comprehensive Gap Analysis Report.
The directory is an assembly of available support services for women experiencing violence and abuse. The Gap Analysis Report identifies the gaps in these support services.
“The accessibility of these resources and analysis of the gaps in the available services can facilitate the government to improve its survivor-centric systems,” said Anjum Iqbal, Secretary, Women Development Department Sindh, “The accessibility of these resources has become easy because they have been made available in regional languages.
“The need for information about the protection services emerged from the civil society networks and communities to foster a safe environment for the women and girls of our country,” said Isma Sana from Oxfam.
The resource directory shall assist partners including key line ministries, civil society organizations and international and regional organizations, who are seeking to improve the quality of access to coordinated and multi-sectoral services for all women and girls, including those who are most marginalized and at increased risk of experiencing violence.
The identification of these gaps has facilitated us to come up with solutions and we have achieved sustainable milestones including the creation of violence stop centers, said Nuzhat Shirin, Chairperson Sindh Commission on the Status of Women.
“It will also enable institutions working to combat GBV to provide immediate relief to survivors and encourage stronger institutional linkages,” added Nuzhat Shirin, Chairperson Sindh Commission on the Status of Women.
There are multiple essential services available for the protection of women and girls in the provinces, but their access is limited due to inadequate awareness. “Most of the survivors of violence do not know who to contact in case of violation or an incident. This resource directory, therefore, has consolidated the data of all protection services available to women and girls, Seher Afsheen Program Manager -Gender Justice Oxfam. This Interdepartmental collaboration is key to the advancing cause of gender justice. We are here to strengthen our institutions to support our peoples.”
The Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC) reported an increased number of cases of gender-based violence during the pandemic. Amid the increased cases of violence against women, the presence of such a directory has become vital, said Maleeha Azar from Legal Aid Society.
“We can only ensure the protection of women, girls, children and minorities with effective legal machinery, Shabana Jilani, Incharge Women and Child Protection Centre, Kimari,
Sohai Ali, “The justice mechanism must be available to all without delays, added Syeda Marvi Rasheedi, MPA. We have an integral role to play as police.
The directory maps out the important information of essential services available and functional in various districts of Sindh and the consolidation of these shall be integral to the institutional structure.
The panel agreed that the critical time delays must be eliminated from the system for a functional execution of processes of justice.
The launch ceremony was attended by parliamentarians, members of the Sindh Commission on the Status of Women, civil society, and youth groups. The attendees encouraged the dissemination of the Resource directory and Gap Analysis Report among government functionaries and citizens at large.