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Pioneering an innovative approach for combating domestic violence: learning's from Pakistan

When Feb 16, 2018
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where S1, Alison Richard Building
Contact Name Dr Maryam Tanwir
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Violence against women in south Asia plays out in a historical, social, cultural and economic context. The structures and institutions all contribute to its pervasiveness. Not only do the South Asian women require more legal protection from violence, but also where legal protection exists (only four South Asian countries - Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh

- have laws specifically prohibiting domestic violence) economic , social and cultural milieu often inhibit women from accessing legal help. In this current scenario a new way to combat violence has been heralded by the government of Pakistan. In Punjab province, Violence against women, (including beatings, rapes and acid burnings, increased from 5,387 reported cases in 2013 to 7,313 reported cases in 2016. However, the conviction rate for such crimes remained significantly low. To investigate this phenomenon and ensure the mitigation of such crimes, a research unit was set up in Punjab province. The findings of the research led to the creation of Women against violence centres (VAWC). The talk informs on the various aspects of the project, (Women against violence centres) including the inception, the implementation and the political economy aspects. The project has been credited not only for exponentially increasing the reporting (and prevention) of Gender based violence, but also holds promise in improving the existing gender relations. The talk will be delivered by Mr. Salman Sufi, Director General at Chief Minister's Strategic Reforms Unit

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