Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Children and women of SAARC Member Countries
To provide emergency outreach services to women and children in need of care and protection through 24-hour emergency phone outreach service.
To guide the women and children and other stakeholders in the time of crisis where they are currently inaccessible, inadequate or non-existent.
To provide a platform of networking amongst organizations and to provide linkages to support systems which facilitate the rehabilitation of women and children in need of care and protection.
To link women and children in need of care and protection to long term services for rehabilitation.
To build capacity of individuals, institutions and systems to achieve promotion and protection of rights of vulnerable women and children.
Helplines is the direct operationalization of the SAARC Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children. The intra-country mechanisms will bring convergence to the efforts of the 8 Member States to prevent and combat trafficking of women and children. The Project outcomes also contribute to achieving the SDGS (DG 4 related to a robust pro- poor growth process; 6 on Reducing social and institutional vulnerabilities of the poor, women and children; 7 on accesses to affordable justice), the MDGs and the poverty reduction strategies being implemented.
It is also a proven fact that progress for children and women are core factors for preventing state fragility and ensuring long-term sustainable development, social cohesion, stability and security at national and regional levels.