12/07/2018, 11.59
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Pakistan, local and international NGOs in support of poor women and children

The Global Giving association launches a project for the disabled. New Sindh Unit for the protection of women. Save the Children reiterates it’s complete disassociation with the CIA in the operation that led to the capture of Osama Bin Laden.

Islamabad (AsiaNews) - In the last two days in Pakistan a series of projects have been launched in favor of women and children, including disabled people. Despite the recent decision to expel some foreign NGOs from the country, the work of international and local organizations does not stop in support of the weaker sectors of society.

Yesterday, the Global Giving association, with projects all over the world to support children, announced the launch of a new plan for disabled women and children. Muhammad Irfan, an NGO official, has specified that the project wants to assist people with physical and mental disabilities. The beneficiaries will be followed by rehabilitation specialists for movement and language as well as psychologists. The objective, explains the manager, is "to favor the inclusion of disabled people in society", eliminating the "stigma" that accompanies people suffering from mental and physical problems in the country and, at the same time, "help needy families" . The group will work with "charitable associations at the local level, academic institutions and government".

Today, the Women Protection Unit has been activated in Karachi, in the province of Sindh. The group is an initiative of UN Women Pakistan, in collaboration with the Department of Sindh for women's development and the legal association Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (Lhrla). The lawyer Zia Ahmed Awan explains that "it will offer 24-hour assistance to women and children who are victims of gender-based violence". Those who suffer violence can call 1098.

Even Save the Children has been operating for years in the service of the most destitute sections of the population. The NGO, states an official note, "has already categorically rejected any alleged involvement with the CIA or Dr. Shakeel Afridi in an attempt to locate Osama Bin Laden through a false campaign of vaccinations. These allegations are completely false and there is no supporting evidence ".

The note underlines that "Dr. Afridi has never worked for Save the Children and has never received compensation or reimbursement from the Organization. Save the Children has never carried out a vaccination program in Abbottabad ", in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the place where in 2011 the head of al-Qaeda was captured.

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