Over the past 24 years, WAR has emerged as one of the leading voices against sexual violence, particularly rape in Pakistan, with a view to provide comprehensive services and advocate rights-based government services for survivors. WAR is dedicated to assist survivors in their fight of justice and aid development, implementation and monitoring of appropriate rights-based integrated response to sexual violence in law-enforcement, medico-legal and judicial sectors in order to minimize secondary trauma to survivors.
With successes in the legal field in the form of Criminal Laws Amendment (Protection of Women) Act, 2006, the establishment of several Women’s Police Stations in Karachi, in-camera trial hearings and several awareness and paralegal workshops behind it, WAR is continually engaged in promoting survivors’ access to justice, their empowerment, the containment of sexual violence and the protection and fulfillment of survivors’ rights.
Area of Operation:
WAR’s area of work is in the mega city of Karachi, with its 18 towns and an estimated population of 18 million. WAR also works on larger policy and legal issues on a national level in collaboration with various civil society organizations in cities like Lahore and Islamabad.
* Women and child survivors of sexual violence,
* Particularly rape & sexual assault; Police (including women police force);
* Medico-legal staff (at government hospitals where these services are available);
* Judiciary (including public prosecutors & judges);
* Pro bono Lawyers (including human rights advocates and constitutional lawyers);
* Karachi Bar council; Town offices;
* Other NGOs/INGOs/CBOs/CSOs;
* Shelter homes for women and children;
* Health-care professionals (including gynecologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, pedriatrians);
* Government departments (Health, Law, Interior, Human Rights, Women's Development);
*Parliamentarians/legislators; Public & Private schools/colleges;