The National Commission for Human Rights and UN Women launched a report called ‘More than Shelters, Needs Assessment of Darul Aman and Shelters in Pakistan’. The report found that women’s shelters in the country lack proper complaint-handling mechanisms and rehabilitation programs. Most residents of these shelters had experienced multiple forms of violence including physical, psychological, sexual, and financial abuse. The study highlighted the need for better policies, implementation, and budgets for these essential services. The report launch was part of the ’16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence’ and aimed to enhance the quality and effectiveness of women’s shelters. The study found that 70% of shelter residents were girls and women aged between 14 and 30 years, and most were illiterate and married before the age of 20. The report also noted that the shelters lacked adequate facilities, including internet access, psychologists, and vocational training. The report called for improvements to better meet the needs of shelter residents and their children.
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