In-charges of Darul Amaans (DUAs) emphasized on enhancing their efforts in collaboration with Bedari to provide quality services to the survivors and victims of gender based violence. The In-charges and staff from 8 Dar ul Amaans from Punjab gathered at Bedari National office for three days workshop on Gender Based Violence and Implementation of Minimum Standards.
Bedari with support from Amplify Change conducted a three days’ workshop with Dar ul Aman (DUA) staff from 17th to 19th May, 2017 at Islamabad. The objective of the workshop was to analyze the challenges in implementation of the minimum standards developed by Social Welfare Department in collaboration with MDM for DUAs. Bedari’s Counselors who are directly working with DUAs also participated in the workshop.
The workshop was organized in close collaboration with the Punjab Social Welfare Department. Bedari received very positive
feedback from the participants about the training contents and the way it was organized.
It was very encouraging to see that DUA in-charges have taken impressive initiatives to overcome the challenges in implementation of minimum standards. During this exercise, a list of recommendations has been extracted in which Support from Social Welfare Department is needed. The key recommendations given by the in-charges include; Capacity building Trainings/refreshers should be arranged for DUA Staff, Proper Diet plan for the residents, strengthening security through training the guards and providing modern security equipment, medical examination of clients at the time of admission, well organized referral mechanism, and availability of lawyers pool and doctors.
Sensitization of DUA staff towards gender issues was very impressive. “I feel change in myself about the gender sensitivity after this training. This should be done with other staff also,” said Misbah; Incharge of Dar ul Amaan Lahore. “I never attended such intense workshop on gender issues before. This has helped me in understanding my role as DUA staff in a clearer way,” reflected Rukhsana from DUA Vehari.
Bedari is thankful to the Social Welfare Department of Punjab for their consistent support in implementing the project of “Improving Shelter Homes”. Bedari is committed to provide all possible support to the DUAs for strengthening their understanding about the gender issues and to provide sensitized services to the victims approaching them.