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World’s AIDs day 2021

HIV affects millions of people worldwide every year and is a major public health concern. HIV aims and contaminates the CD4 cells in immune system of a person’s body which protects him/her from germs and illnesses. HIV causes AIDS by attacking the CD4 cells, which the defense system uses to protect the body from ailments. Lack of awareness on precautionary […]

Impact of Domestic Violence on Mental Health

By Aleena Ahmed Apart from the abuse itself, domestic violence has detrimental impacts on the mental health of victims. Being stuck in a vicious cycle of abuse, survivors tend to develop mental disorders including depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Domestic violence exposes the victim to unparalleled terror, stress and vulnerability which results in them developing mental health issues. This fear […]

The Domestic Violence Bill 2021

When the federal government introduced a bill to prevent violence against women, the people of Pakistan were hopeful that it would help lessen the ever-increasing cases of domestic abuse and provide refuge to people from physical or emotional assault. But the opposition saw the contents of the Bill to be challenging patriarchal violence too brazenly, and so the Islamic Ideological Council […]

Female suicide and domestic violence

Suicide is a major public health concern worldwide. Annually, more than 10 million individuals attempt suicide, of which one million die. The majority of suicide cases (79%) occur in low and middle-income countries. Multiple studies have shown that domestic violence survivors have higher rates of suicidal thoughts. Moreover, physical assault increases the risk of suicidal attempts in married women, the […]

The trend of violence against women

New studies have revealed that domestic violence against women in Pakistan has increased. A recent study revealed that up to 84% of women participants have been psychologically abused by their husbands in their lifetime, while 77% and 80% of women in other studies have confirmed that they were targets of sexual and physical violence, respectively. Moreover, according to media reports, […]

Government must help women to obtain the inheritance

The Balochistan High Court has ordered the government to assist women in obtaining their share of the inheritance. Advocate Muhammad Sajid Tarin filed a petition in the court against women being deprived of their share in inheritance, especially property. “In most cases, whenever a settlement is made for inherited property, women are conveniently ignored or sidelined from the process,” he […]

Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence

Author: Aleena Ahmed The COVID 19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for everyone, but particularly has intensified them for women living with abusive family members.  In Punjab alone, two emergency helplines, PUCAR-15 and PSCA-A5, have recorded a dramatic rise in reports since the beginning of the pandemic, with PUCAR-15 reporting a staggering 25% increase. Unfortunately, while the number of reported […]

Most Common Cancers in Men in Pakistan

Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide. According to the Global Cancer Registry, in 2020, 88,015 cases were reported while 60,783 men died from different cancers. We believe that the cases are underreported because many patients do not report the disease or seek treatment due to financial issues, masculine behaviour, Lack of public health facilities in many areas […]