UN Women Pakistan launches ESP

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Naveed Ahmad Khan

UN Women today launched the Essential Service Package (ESP) in order to ensure that quality social services are provided to women and girls subject to violence in Pakistan. Essential Services Package (ESP) is a global joint programmeof the United Nations on essential services for women and girls subject to violence. The aim of this programme is to provide greater access to a coordinated set of essential and quality multi-sectoral services for all women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence.
In Pakistan, ESP is being implemented throughcollaboration between UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP and UNODC. UN Women, being the global lead agency for social services to victims and survivors of violence launched this programme in Pakistan with a key focus on social services.
The programme identifies essential services to be provided by the health, social services, police and justice sector stakeholders as well provide a set of guidelines to improve coordination of essential services in Pakistan.
Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. BrekBatley, and Director General Federal Ministry of Human Rights, Mr. Muhammad Hassan Mangi were the guests of honor of the event which was attended by government officials and civil society representatives from the national and provincial levels.