KARACHI: Pakistani mental health organization Rozan called for designing a relief program in a way that could address the vulnerabilities of women and girls during disasters.
Fouzia Yasmin, Senior Manager at Rozan said: “The destruction of infrastructure and the lack of global resources have made it extremely difficult […] to reach remote areas, and the floods have jeopardized medical care systems and community support, which [leaves] women and girls at increased risk of violence.
It can be added here that the catastrophic floods in Pakistan that began in mid-2022 killed more than 1,500 people, displaced nearly 8 million people and left countless others in areas still submerged and lacking in sanitation. shelter, food, clean water and medicine. Amid the disaster, women and girls face additional risks to their safety.
Funded by the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UN Trust Fund), Rozan runs a project in Hyderabad and Sukkur districts in Pakistan to improve institutional support for women victims of domestic violence when they leave temporary safe shelters. The project focuses on building the capacity of service providers, enabling them to offer specialist support services, including shelter; medical, legal and psychological assistance; and vocational training that can help women survivors find employment opportunities and start their own businesses after being sheltered.