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An appeal from our partner in Pakistan

  • Published

    7 September 2010
  • Written by

    Peace Direct

The flood-affected communities are struggling for their survival. Their habitats have been destroyed, they have lost their livelihood. In such circumstances in the patriarchal societies adolescent girls do not get proper attention to fulfil their specific needs, they are ignored by the humanitarian support programmes and even local philanthropists as their needs are not taken as an important issue. Diarrhea and other water-related diseases are very common, the water has become contaminated, there is a lack of access to safe sanitation. The young women and adolescent girls have little access to nutritious food. Our programmes is focusing on these specific issues of young women and will supplement the ongoing support programmes by UN agencies and other support programmes in the area.

Aware Girls is a membership organisation and it has membership from the flood-affected areas. Aware Girls is young women led organisation working for the rights and development of young women of the Province.

In relief efforts the specific needs of adolescents girls are ignored such that the use of unhygienic cloth for sanitary purposes during the period may cause the spread of further diseases among the affected population. The young women have little access to the relief and support provided by the Relief organisations because of patriarchal culture. It is imperative to ensure that young women’s needs are properly addressed by the disaster management programmes.

We have developed a kit fulfilling these specific needs of young women. One kit costs 30 USD.  We need resources to approach 5,000 young women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and fulfil their needs. Each kit contains:

  • Toiletries: toilet rolls, soaps, shampoo, towels, sanitary pads
  • Providing contraceptives, blankets and clothes,
  • Nutritional supplements (multi-vitamins, iron etc)
  • Clean drinking water
  • Food items (biscuits)

If you want to help us to reach more young women please make a donation through the Peace Direct website. Please select Aware Girls as the project you wish to support.

Thank you.

Gulalai Ismail
Aware Girls (


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