Rahnuma-FPAP implemented Project, “Women as Compensation: Reaching the Survivors of Coerced Marriages and Violence in Pakistan.” It was consistent with Rahnuma-FPAP and IPPF’s commitment to ensuring protection and promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights and other national and international obligations. The Project was specifically geared towards protecting victims of gender based violence in general and swara girls and women in particular. The Project has reached more than 40,000 community members, including youth, women and men in selected 15 Union Councils each in Districts Swabi and Mardan. The interventions included different orientation and sensitization activities aimed at facilitating changes in community perceptions of swara and GBV, generating support for SRHR, increased access to SRHR services to swara girls/women including their families and contributing towards increased knowledge on Islamic teachings relating to SRHR and swara. The beneficiaries targeted under different sensitization interventions include community men and women, youth, jirga members, religious leaders and others.
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