Lahore: An NGO will launch a nationwide pledge campaign to end violence against women. Violence against women is on the rise in Pakistan, including domestic violence, murder, rape, child abuse, child marriage, honor killings, harassment and anti-women cultural practices. Studies show that 60% to 70% of women in Pakistan are victims of some form of abuse and domestic violence in the country kills 5,000 women a year, thousands of other women became disabled.
White Ribbon Efforts are being made to end violence against women by busy men and boys. “Never commit, excuse and remain silent about violence against women.”
The White Ribbon is a men’s movement to end violence against women with a unique way of dealing with the ideal mentality of individuals and society. Expressing concern over the current situation of Pakistani women, White Ribbon CEO Omar Aftab stressed the need to take immediate steps to end violence against women. One in five women in Pakistan faces domestic violence, and the proportion has risen alarmingly by 20% in recent years. “The protection of women’s rights is an ongoing struggle and all parties must work together to this end,” she said. “We believe that it is not enough just to create awareness among women about women’s rights, men should also be involved. Encouraging the standards of consent, respect and gender equality,” she said. Challenging relationships that promote gender-based violence.