Tackling gender-based violence in Pakistan

22 July 2013 -- Twenty three lawyers from Pakistan's four provinces, 17 of them women, were trained in handling gender-based violence cases.

The 3-day training was held in Karachi from 24-26 June 2013 and is part of a capacity building initiative to develop a pool of 50 volunteer lawyers nation-wide who will be able to provide free legal support to survivors of gender-based violence. Participants were introduced to gender-sensitive counseling and investigation techniques, forensic and medico-legal requirements and evidence needed in gender-based violence cases. Guest speakers included senior lawyers, judges, senators and civil society representatives.

To formalize their commitment, the volunteer lawyers signed a memorandum of understanding (MOA) with the organizer of the training, the NGO, Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA). LHRLA is undertaking these activities under an ADB financed regional technical assistance, RETA 7563 - Promoting Gender Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia DMCs.