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Pakistan sets up special cell for flood-hit women, children

Pakistan has set up a Gender and Child Cell to pay immediate attention to the problems of the women and children in the flood-affected areas, officials said.



Islamabad: Pakistan has set up a Gender
and Child Cell (GCC) to pay immediate attention to the
problems of the women and children in the flood-affected
areas, officials said.

More than 3 million women are among the flood-affected
people and 1 million children under 5 years of age are in need
of all basic services, National Disaster Management Authority
(NDMA) said.

The purpose of the cell is to facilitate, both at
policy and technical level, short and long term interventions
for mainstreaming gender and child concerns in early recovery,
rehabilitation and preparedness, a NDMA statement said.

The Floods in Pakistan have posed the gravest
humanitarian challenge for Pakistan affecting 75 districts.

Official figures of affected population are around 14 million
in all provinces of Pakistan including Pakistan-controlled
Kashmir and the northern areas of Gilgil-Baltistan.

The prevailing socio-economic conditions along with
flood situation have exacerbated the living conditions of
people in the flood-affected districts.

Due to cultural constraints, women and girls are
sometimes not able to access basic services or humanitarian
aid. The larger portion of the affected population is women
and children. The enormity of the crisis has posed many
challenges in addressing the needs of the women and children,
the statement said.

To effectively address these challenges, the NDMA
Gender and Child Cell has been established with the technical
assistance of UNICEF.

This will enable the NDMA to pay adequate attention to
the gender and child specific impacts of disasters. Supporting
structures in the PDMAs` will be set-up and district level
gender coordinators in the affected districts appointed, a
statement said.

PTI

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