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NCSW signs MoU with Acid Survivors Foundation

Apr 03, 2014

Islamabad: The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) for the purpose of establishing a mechanism for data collection and monitoring data update on a six-month basis.

The purpose of this MoU is to organise training and networking workshops for capacity building and sensitisation of parliamentarians and members of assemblies, especially women, in relation with acid and burn violence. Both NCSW and ASF would identify, document and share good practices that will be capitalised upon in future to address gender-based violence and especially violence against women.

On the occasion of MoU signing ceremony, NCSW Chairperson Khawar Mumtaz said it was important step towards testing and developing a workable monitoring mechanism that would provide the basis for appropriate actions. NCSW chairperson hoped that the MoU will provide a good model for collectively promoting women’s rights and work towards achieving gender equity as envisaged in Article 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

According to Acid Survivors Foundation, the country has a high survival rate amongst victims of acid attacks. The victims who mostly hail from low-income groups face the uphill task of rebuilding their lives with physical challenges and psychological changes, which require long-term surgical treatment and in-depth intervention from psychologists and counsellors. The Chairperson of ASF, Valerie Khan defined the MoU as “an interesting step towards institutionalising the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Pakistan.” She added: “Such collaborations between the civil society and government institutions are crucial for enhancing good governance in the current scenario present in the country.”

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