Aurat Foundation Reports on the Situation of Violence Against Women Report (Jan-Jun 2011)
The Policy Data Monitor-Violence Against Women (PDM) or Aurat Foundation organized a press conference on August 16, 2011 at Islamabad to share with media its bi-annual report on violence against women in Pakistan during the first six months of the current year. The programme has observed a tremendous rise in the amount of cases of violence against women during January to June 2011 as compared to last year. There were 4448 cases reported till June 2011 as compared to 4061 cases in year 2010. The majority of cases reported were from Punjab (3035) and Baluchistan having the least (133). 26% of these total cases were due to abduction/kidnapping followed by 18% cases related to murder. Increase in committing suicide among youth is another concerning factor which signals the violent environment women of the country live in. There has although been a decrease of 12% of reported cases in Sindh province which indicates a decline in violence against women compared to last year.
Aurat believes these figures are just the tip of the iceberg and majority of Violence Against Women (VAW) cases remain unrecorded due to social and traditional obligations. Another reason why women are not reporting their cases is lack of access to reporting system of violence which women face. Aurat foundation is into its fourth year of outlining and monitoring cases of violence against women, and is in the process of opening offices in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), to further work on this issue in the province. Lack of legislation is one of the main reasons behind the increases in cases of VAW. As part of this needed legislation, Aurat is calling for a witness protection law in Pakistan. The press conference was address by Samar Minallah, Tahira Noor, Dr Mustafa Solangi and Rabeea Hadi (pictured below).
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