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Faryab records over 900 gendered violence cases last year

Faryab records over 900 gendered violence cases last year

Jun 29, 2019 - 18:24

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Local healthinfo-icon officials say more than 930 victims of gender based violence were referred to hospitals in northwestern Faryab province during the past one year.

Dr. Mohammad Naim Musamam, director of Faryab public health department, talking to a meeting organized for reduction of violence, said that 18 of the violence cases were related to men, 107 to under age children and 807 cases to womeninfo-icon.

He said these cases were recorded after people who suffered the violence were referred to hospitals and 82 of such cases had reached judiciary organs.

Musamam said 1,100 women received psychological advices and more than 17,000 others received health consultations during the last one year.

Dr. Flor Ahmad Niazi, in charge of gender based violence at Agency for Assistance and Development of Afghanistaninfo-icon (AADA), told Pajhwok Afghan News that the program for dealing with gender based violence was launched a year ago.

He said the organization had so far created two centers in Faryab Civil Hospital and a civil hospital in Andkhoi district of the province.

He said insecurity and bad traditions were two main challenges, asking local government offices, women’s rights organizations, civil societyinfo-icon activists, media and Islamic scholars to join hands in reducing violence against women.

On the other hand, Zabihullah Jawad, head of Independent Human Rights Commission for Faryab, said that despite efforts of many organizations and spending a huge amount of budget, gendered violence still persisted.

He said there was no strong plan for dealing with violence as women had no access to justice and a committee fighting violence against women remained inactive. He said those affected in violence had lost hope that their cases would be addressed.

“Interference from local influential figures in violence cases is another challenge as powerful figures try to interfere while organs concerned try to address a case”, he said.

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