LAHORE  - Rutgers WPF Pakistan held a seminar to share findings of a research study titled “Maternal Health & Domestic Violence: Impact of personal and social factors.”

The sitting was attended by MPAs, government officials, lawyers, media persons and representatives of different NGOs.

The study explores patterns of gender-based violence and its health effects on pregnant women and their unborn child. The study was conducted in Dera Ghazi Khan (Punjab), Muzaffergarh (Punjab), Kashmore (Sindh), Jacobabad (Sindh), Jafferabad (Balochistan) and Naseerabad (Balochistan) districts.

A total of 48 focus group discussions and 120 in depth interviews were conducted with men, women, healthcare providers, religious leaders and key decision makers in the community.  One of the key findings of the study is that women consider visiting antenatal care is helpful and essential but the encouragement of their husbands is critical both personally and due to financial reasons. 

MPA Dr Nausheen, representative of standing committee gender mainstreaming Raheela Khadim Hussain and Bedari ED Saleem Malik were the key speakers. Bedari’s Summaya Yousaf conducted the proceedings.

Qadeer Baig, country representative of Rutgers WPF, said the recent study was a continuation where domestic violence was linked with maternal health of women.  Dr Adnan from Research and Development Solutions revealed that female fetus are the triggering factors of domestic violence during pregnancy.