Panah provides shelter and solace to women who are victims of domestic and societal injustices and empowers them to take the path of socio- economic independence.
Panah accommodates women who are survivors of domestic violence, under threat to their safety as a result of exercising their choice in marriage or divorce, victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, assault and exploitation and women seeking temporary refuge from other social injustices. Majority of women entering Panah are married, aged between 16–40 and mostly illiterate.
History of Panah :
The concept of women’s shelter project emerged from the experiences and combined expertise of some of the leading human rights and women’s organizations in Pakistan, who recognized the dire need of a women’s shelter.
Panah Trust was registered in April 24, 2001 under the Trust Act of 1882. The Shelter Home became functional in January 2002, initially at the premises of Ida Rieu Welfare Association with the support of the Infaq Foundation. Support of Amnesty International and local philanthropists helped make it a reality.
In recognition of the services provided by the management of Panah, the CDGK, in 2007, through an MOU, handed over the Darul Aman premises to the Panah Trust. This was the first ever public-civil society initiative of the local government that has occurred in the Country.
Now the agreement has been extended due to the exceptional performance of Panah over the last 10 years and the building in 2017 has been given to Panah for further 10 years by Social Welfare Department, Government of Sindh.
Panah receives women and children from all the provinces and houses 40-45 women and children at any given time and the numbers are increasing.