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Dec 04, 2015

Press Release

NCSW to raise awareness on VAW and Domestic Violence through a radio campaign

For Immediate Release:  “VAW and especially domestic violence is an area of serious concern for us and a priority area of work for the Commission  so the objective here is to raise awareness on this among  women” said Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson, NCSW.

Recent data from the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) 2012/13 on the prevalence of physical and emotional violence experienced by ever married women ages 15-49 indicates that spousal violence is high in Pakistan. Almost 40% every married women had experienced spousal abuse at some point in their life, whether physical and/or emotional, and one-third reported having experienced some form of physical and/or emotional violence by their husbands over the previous 12 months.

National Commission on the Status of Women, is running a series of programmes, Meri Awaz, on the issue of Violence against Women and specifically Domestic Violence as part of its campaign related work on Violence against Women (VAW). The 25-minute programmes will be aired on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. on FM 101 starting on 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24 December 2015.

Women’s rights activists, psychologists, legal and technical experts, government officials will be interviewed and oral testimonies from women survivors in the programmes will provide detailed information on this issue, prevalence,  impact on women, children and the family, the laws put in place to combat domestic violence by the government as well as other government efforts and support mechanisms which work with women survivors.  The radio programmes are being held through support of the Gender Equity Programme of the Aurat Foundation and the USAID under the project,"Countering GBV through Research, Data Strengthening and Standardization".

Additional information

The National Commission on the status of Women is a statutory body established in 2000. It is currently headed by Ms. Khawar Mumtaz, a senior women’s right activist. The Secretariat of the Commission is based in Islamabad.



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