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NCSW TO LAUNCH STANDARDISED INDICATORS ON VAW TO COLLECT RELIABLE DATA IN PAKISTAN
Dec 11, 2015
ISLAMABAD: The launching ceremony of the standardised Indicators on VAW will be held by the National Commission on the Status of Women in Islamabad on Friday, 11th December 2015 at Ramada Hotel, Islamabad.
Speaking about the launch Khawar Mumtaz , Chairperson, NCSW said, “Essentially meant to be used by government statistical agencies as well as research related organizations, these Indicators are crucial in the long run as they will aid in generating reliable data on VAW in Pakistan. This data can be compared across time and regions, within and outside Pakistan”.
Over 50 women’s rights activists, academics and researchers, legal and technical experts, government officials from key Ministries, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and National Institute of Population Studies and parliamentarians are expected to attend the event.
The indicators were finalized after an extensive review of the existing UN indicators as well as indicators under use from different countries by an 18 member Technical Working Group.
The Indicators were developed under the project, “Countering GBV through Research, Data Strengthening and Standardization” which is supported by the Gender Equity Programme of the Aurat Foundation and funded by the USAID.
Under the project, the resource centre of the NCSW has been upgraded, researches have been conducted in a number of key areas.
A detailed briefing will be provided on the key categories of indicators on VAW which include physical, sexual, economic, psychological violence, violence in the political arena and culturally harmful practices.
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.
The National Commission on the status of Women headed by Ms. Khawar Mumtaz is a statutory body established in 2000.