In an attempt to put a stop to the disturbing rise in violence against women in Pakistan, the Ministry of Human Rights (MOHR) has launched a free nationwide helpline, where people can report cases of domestic abuse.
Women can report domestic abuse cases simply by calling ‘1099‘, or by installing the mobile application launched by the ministry too. The application is called ‘Helpline 1099‘, and is available on Google Playstore.
The ministry broke the news about this facility on Twitter.
The MOHR urged people to raise their voices and report cases of violence or abuse.
The Pakistani government launched the helpline number and mobile application soon after it pledged to empower women and put an end to violence against them on 25th November 2020, the ‘International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women.’
In a tweet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) also said that steady progress had been made through institutional measures, legislation and policy to promote and protect the rights of women and girls.
Pakistan was ranked 151 out of 153 countries on the ‘Global Gender Gap Index’ report published by the ‘World Economic Forum’ (WEF).
According to a report published last year by ‘National Institute of Population Studies’, around 24.5% of Pakistani girls and women aged 15 to 49 years have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from their partners at least once in their life.
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