Peshawar: Women experience sexual harassment in flood-hit areas
PESHAWAR: As reported by the Dawn News on Friday, women rights activist have voiced concern over gender-based violence in flood-hit areas and demanded of the government to set up women desk at every disaster management body to check the trend. Speaking during a discussion arranged by Aurat Foundation (AF) on ‘Gender-based violence in flood-affected areas’, Sherin Javed, programme officer of violence against women project, said that women faced harassment at the hands of officials and other people associated with aid distribution. He said that women heads of families particularly suffered problems in access to aid given by government and international organisations. “Women usually have no access to information about aid distribution and remain deprived of any kind of help” Mrs. Javed said while comparing instances from Oct 2005 earthquake, IDP crisis and the recent floods. Representatives of different organisations working with the UN agencies also mentioned complaints by women concerning favouritism and sexual harassment of women by men, including officials and aid workers, during aid distribution in camps. Shabina Ayaz, AF resident director, said that besides harassment women could even face a more serious issue of human trafficking in such crisis. She emphasised that there should be proper data of flood-hit womenfolk to provide them protection.
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