Pakistan

Establishment of displaced women recreational/ Women friendly space at established camps in NWFP Pakistan

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Executive Summary:

The purpose of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of the displaced/stressful women through minimizing the affects of the displacement by establishing a recreation centre/women friendly space for the IDPs/ Refugees women in established seven camps in NWFP Pakistan. The establishment of women recreation centre will provide a plate form for the women to give ventilation to their feeling and mitigate the impact of post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and gender based violence in the camps

(1)Project Overview:

(1.1) Background:

The latest security operation in District Dir Lower, Bunair and Swat resulted in the large displacement of the population of that area migrated to nearby safe places of Dir Upper, Malakand Agency, Swabi, Mardan and Haripur. United Nations sources has declared IDPs situation in Pakistan as the worst human displacement of the world in last fifteen years. They have also claimed that this is more critical than the displacement of Rwanda in 1994. More than 2.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) forced to flee fighting in the Swat, Malakand and other restive areas and the influx of IDPs is increasing day by day.

Situation in the troubled areas of NWFP has become volatile as hundreds of thousands of more people are displaced from Swat and Dir Upper.

Around 0.3 million are still on the move in different troubled areas especially in Swat, Dir lower and Dir upper. They are facing serious difficulties in traveling to safer places due to logistic problems, continuous curfew and heavy fighting.

Although no confirm figures about civilian casualties are available due to the fragile situation and the media break down in the affected areas, but a number of eyewitnesses from different areas have confirmed that scores of dead bodies of civilians are lying in Swat. People of the affected areas are passing from trauma and painful conditions.

The official figures update received from the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) shows that over 2.5 million IDPs have been registered in the six affected NWFP districts; 167,565 of them are living in established camps and 2.3 million in other accommodations at Mardan, Malakand, Nowshera, Charsadda, Peshawar Swabi and Haripur.

As of 27 May, the number of people displaced by the conflict is 2,553,332, of whom 167,565 are in camps and 2,385,767 are with host families or other rented accommodation.