Globally, victim compensation programmes play a significant role in providing assistance to the victims of violence... however, in Pakistan we are lacking any such programme. It is high time to take serious note of the issue and develop a strong referral network of service providers that will help the victims to get adequate help.
Perhaps the most inspiring session for me came towards the end of the two days and was entitled ‘Bring back our girls – the forgotten victims of conflict’... We heard the CEO of International Alert, Harriet Lamb, and Victoria Nyanjura - who was kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army at 14 and spent nearly 8 years in captivity - speaking about the barriers and issues that girls and women often face when they escape from conflict situations.
On September 28th 2016 an Iranian appeals court upheld a 16-year sentence for 44 year old Narges Mohammadi, a prominent human rights defender. Mrs. Mohammadi is a key member of the campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Iran, a lawyer by training, and mother of two. She has been in and out of jail for the last 15 years.
Marking the 15th anniversary of the women peace and security agenda, the letter signed by 254 organizations across 55 countries calls for Member States to provide details of the progress made in meeting political, financial and political commitments made during last year's High Level Review of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000).
Narges Mohammadi is mother of two and has been deprived of seeing her children for the past eight months... In order to put pressure on this political prisoner, all her medicine was taken away from her upon her transfer to her ward and she has been deprived of her medicine.
At a time when patients and providers are facing obstacles on many fronts, these successes demonstrate the positive outcomes that are possible... These ideas have helped reduce health disparities among vulnerable populations and have the potential to stimulate widespread gains in additional settings.