KUWAIT CITY, Oct 26: The idea of providing shelter for women who are exposed to domestic violence is no longer a mere dream based on a recent announcement saying the first shelter will be inaugurated soon, reports Al- Qabas daily.

Chairperson of the Women Socio-cultural Society Lulua Al- Mulla said the society played a pivotal role in transforming the dream to a reality. She added the society coordinated with the Ministry of Planning and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to review laws related to women since 2012.

She stated the project titled “My Paper” came out with 18 recommendations and presented to the office of UNDP in the country to mark the World Women’s Day.

The recommendations included establishment of a shelter for women who are facing domestic violence — the first of its kind to be established in cooperation between a civil society organization and government departments. She noted the study revealed that Kuwait was about the only country without such a shelter for women.

She indicated cases of domestic violence against women are high in Kuwait, while some people have been assisting such victims based on individual voluntary basis. This is risky and life threatening for those rendering assistance, because such people are exposed to danger when the father, husband or brothers of the victims detect their hideouts.

Source: Arab Times

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