New Delhi, 08 March. Pakistan is among those countries where 70% women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime by their intimate partners and 93% women experience some form of sexual violence in public places in their lifetime.
According to a report of The Express Tribune (Pakistan), “This was stated by founder of Madadgaar National Helpline 1098 and national commissioner for children, Zia Ahmed Awan, while quoting the statistics of international organisations during a press conference at their office on Tuesday.”
Awan lauded, in tribute to the International Women Day which is celebrated on March 8 every year, the courage of the 8,897 women and children from across Pakistan who came forward in 2016 and fought for their rights and protection by calling, visiting or contacting Madadgaar’s helpline.
Madadgaar, Pakistan’s first helpline for women and children is working since last decade, it initially started with the support of Unicef. Madadgaar is an offshoot of Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA). Madadgaar is Pakistan’s first Helpline for children & women suffering from violence, abuse and exploitation.
Madadgaar Helpline provides telephonic counseling, face to face counseling to walk-in survivors, crisis intervention, guidance, legal advises and legal aid and referral services to children and women.