The moment that we all had been waiting for is finally here! Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) has launched, Ab Aur Nahin, a non-profit website especially set up to provide a platform to those women who seek legal representation and psychological counseling in harassment and gender-based violence.
The online portal helps to connect the victims or survivors with helpful and qualified resources and proficient lawyers working for the good cause of the society, helping sufferers in their quest to fight against the vicious series of violence and exploitation.
Following in the footsteps of the global #MeToo movement and the dialogue around harassment in the country, a surprising turnover of women has been witnessed to come forth and share their miseries and gender-based violence.
“The #MeToo movement has opened the floodgates for women’s testimonies and stories; it has also shown us the true scale of the problem as it stands in Pakistan as well as around the world. Institutional support and resources are needed to provide both legal and mental health support to survivors of harassment.”
Nighat Dad, the Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation
Digital Rights Foundation is a registered research-based female activist NGO founded by Nighat Dad in 2012. The organization has been established with the aim to support human rights, democratic processes, and digital governance using ICT (Information Communication Technology). DRF focuses on issues involving online free speech, privacy, data protection, and also online violence against women.
“Ab Aur Nahin” in English means, no more. With the spirit to put a stop atrocities women face, this organization has been enacted to offer support to those who wish to take up a strong legal action against their culprits and harassers but have been unable to do so in the past because of unavailability of funds or resources.
The portal currently has access to nearly 42 lawyers from across Pakistan with nearly 26 being women. The efforts to add more professionals to the website continue in full swing and it is hoped that sooner than expected the count will grow double in number.
Here’s the best part! The website isn’t only offering support to victims of harassment in terms of accommodating them in legal matters, but also offers counseling sessions to those who need it.
Through this portal, women can easily get access to any proficient lawyer to help them through their case without worrying about finances.
Good job, Nighat Dad! We needed a substantial platform where women can freely speak their heart out about all the brutality and domestic violence they face.
More power to you and DRF, because after all, ab aur nahin!