Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has earned a name being the staunch human rights activist and advocate, fighting against the heinous crimes like honour killing and acid attacks. Her second Oscar winning documentary even urged Government to pass an anti honour killing bill. Owing to her never-ending efforts to improvise this society, Sharmeen along with Rubina Shaheen has been appointed as the Ambassador for the first Violence Against Women Centre (VAWC).
Rubina Shaheen has been working at Dastak Foundation as a women protection officer since the past 23 years, that is why she has been rewarded with the title to work against women violence.
The Punjab Government’s Strategic Reforms Unit (SRU) will launch ‘Violence against Women Centre’ in Multan on March 7th, marking the start of new initiative in the country.
The VAWC will serve as a platform of providing justice against violence of all sorts. The services will include post-trauma rehabilitation, first aid, FIR registration, medical examinations, and forensics.
Sharmeen during a press conference at Lahore said that:
“I have never come across a rehabilitation centre like this one, where women could take refuge and pursue their case against the perpetrators without external pressure. Usually, women go through so much for even registering an FIR that the majority is forced to give up their fight against abuse at the very beginning”.
Sharmeen and Rubina’s inclusion as an Ambassador for one of a kind project in Pakistan is worth applauding and we believe that these inspiring women will help build a stronger, violence-free Pakistan.