BV, DBA to help support female victims

Peshawar—Blue Veins (BV) and District Bar Association (DBA) on Tuesday formed a group to support female victims of sexual or gender bases violence deprived of justice and living in distress to get justice.
The project aims to encourage lawyers to take pro-bono cases and consolidate a database of legal experts to help females seeking justice, said Programme Coordinator Blue Veins Qamar Naseem here adding that the project would help sensitize the lawyers in gender friendly legal practices and consolidate pro-women judicial precedents and regres-sive court precedents for comparative trend analysis.
The initiative would also facilitate information dissemination through establishing a facilitation kiosk for women seeking legal assistance in the District Court Peshawar, he said. Blue Veins a Peshawar based organization under its project “Strengthening District Bar Associations and setting up Facilitation Kiosks at District Court” in the district Peshawar in collaboration with District Bar Association under Gender Equity Pro-gram (GEP) of Aurat foundation supported by USAID.
Blue Veins facilitated a joint meeting with civil society organizations, Government Departments, lawyers from district bar association Peshawar and other service providers.
A two way referral mechanism was developed among the participants of meeting through which the organizations will link sexual and gender based violence survivors to the pro-bono lawyers group and the pro-bono lawyers could also refer the litigants to the service providers if the litigants would necessitate medical, shelter or other assistance, to help reduce in delayed justice.
The meeting was attended by members from Civil Society organizations, Provincial commission on the Status of Women, Human Rights Directorate KP, and other government organizations.—APP

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