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- Friday, June 22, 2012 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: The first private sector helpline in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, “Madadgaar” has been launched with the aim to provide legal aid, referral services and counselling to the children and women who face violence and abuse, said Executive Director of Aware Girls Saba Ismail here on Thursday.


Addressing a press conference, she said the organization had been working for women rights, gender equality and peace since 2002. Its mission is to strengthen leadership among young women and enable them to act as agents of social change and women empowerment in their communities, she said.


In-charge of Aware Girls Helpline, Fatima Saeed said the “Madadgaar” helpline had been launched to provide telephonic and face-to-face counselling to children and women who fall victim to physical violence, abuse and exploitation. She said children and women were most defenseless and disadvantaged in our society and her organisation would aim to empower them.


Programme Director, Lema Khan, gave briefing about the situation of violence against women in the province.Saba Ismail said their organization envisioned a world where women rights were respected as human rights, women have control over their lives and have equal access to education.