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Women welfare center set up in Jawzjan

Women welfare center set up in Jawzjan

Oct 17, 2011 - 19:44

SHIBERGHAN (PANinfo-icon): A welfare centre for womeninfo-icon, the first of its kind, was established in the northern province of Jawzjan, officials said on Monday.

The centre called Khana-i-Amn is aimed at providing protection to women who had completed their jail terms or runaway from homes. Local officials say violence against women has recently increased in the province.

"Having the space to accommodate 30 women, the centre is for those women and girls, who have runaway from homes due to domestic violence and those released from jails," the Deputy Governor Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The welfare center has the facilities such as food, clothing, kindergarten, literacy courses and awareness programmes, provincial Women's Affairs Director, Najiba Qurishi, said. 

Previously, most of the women were kept in Balkh welfare center, she said.

The Independent Human Rights Commission Director for Jawzjan, Faryab and Sara-i-Pul provinces, Maghfarat Samimi said about 250 cases of violence against women were registered with the commission since the start of the Afghan calendar year. The number of such cases was 200 last year, he said.

He called the center an important step toward educating women about their rights and preventing violence against them.


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