Islamic Relief Pakistan took a significant step in combating gender-based violence with the launch of the BOLO Helpline in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Recognizing the substantial economic and social costs of violence against women in Pakistan, Islamic Relief has prioritized addressing this critical issue. The BOLO Helpline is a milestone effort in preventing GBV, focusing on education, empowerment, and attitude change.
Aneela Mehfooz, Secretary Social Welfare Department and Women Empowerment, graced the event as the Chief Guest, expressing her delight at the initiative.
During the panel discussions, participants delved into the sensitivity of female issues, acknowledging the discomfort in open discussion. BOLO, by providing an anonymous reporting platform, ensures a safe space for those seeking assistance.
Ahmad Rasool Bangash, Caretaker Minister for Finance in KP, commended IRP’s efforts for community betterment and praised the integration of the Police and BOLO helpline.
CD Asif Sherazi, present at the launch in KP, emphasized the vital role of initiatives like BOLO in combating gender-based issues. Since 2017, IRP has provided support to 15,000 women in KP through psychosocial assistance, legal aid, and referrals in collaboration with the Women Protection Department of KP Police.
The event was a crucial moment in the ongoing efforts to protect and empower women against GBV. Bolo Helpline provides a safe platform for women to voice their concerns, simultaneously raising awareness and promoting education.