Pakistan is ranked 141 of 142 in the 2014 Global Gender Gap Index.
In 2009-10 reports of rape and gang rape increased 19% in Pakistan (Aurat Foundation 2011) and in 2012, 66% of 5,885 Pakistani women surveyed had experienced sexual violence: 46.8% during pregnancy (Rutgers WPF). Only 12% of these women told police, doctors, NGOs or lawyers.
The Government of Pakistan has committed to end such violence against its citizens, signing international agreements on GBV and establishing a ministry to protect women.
VSO, in partnership with Rozan, will deliver the AmplifyChange funded Preventing Gender Based Violence through Democratic Policing project. This project aims to strengthen the Pakistan Forum for Democratic Policing (PFDP) to enhance its ability to improve policing of GBV in Pakistan.
PFDP is a forum of over 70 organisations and individuals committed to working with the police in Pakistan. VSO and Rozan will work with the PFDP to strengthen its governance, set-up a sub-chapter in Sindh Province and train forum members on policing, GBV, advocacy and positive dialogue.
The PFDP will in turn work with the police to improve the police’s ability to engage with communities on GBV issues, manage GBV cases effectively and to refer GBV survivors to relevant SRH services.
A campaign against GBV will be designed and implemented by the PFDP and GBV survivors in collaboration with the police.
VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) is the world’s leading independent development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. VSO has over 50 years’ experience of supporting governments and civil society partners to plan and deliver evidence-based policies and services. VSO has been working in Pakistan for over 20 years.
Rozan is a leading NGO in Pakistan working with vulnerable groups towards a Pakistan that is violence-free, self-aware and tolerant. Since 1998 it has tackled issues of emotional and psychological health, gender, GBV and sexual reproductive health and rights. Rozan is one of the organizations considered as pioneers in working with police.
Photo: VSO Pakistan / Rozan