Guavo Media has a focus on Good News around the world... but we also believe that it is our responsibility to cover mainstream stories and important subject matter with a focussed angle towards solutions and encouraging awareness.
In Pakistan, and in most cities and countries around the world there are hidden stories and plights for sections of society who are either forgotten, ignored or just unheard. We decided to produce this glimpse into one location from a country where it can seem more difficult to reach out for help than many others, and there are countless other locations worldwide where reaching out becomes even more complex with local social and cultural dynamics.
One of the common causes of individuals and groups choosing to sell their bodies and enter the often murky world of prostitution, and despite cultural taboos or wider society frowning on the issues... is economics. When a mother is unable to feed her children and even be able to provide for basic family needs this becomes one of few solutions available to them. In cases most commonly for women, but also for a growing number of men who are forced into a lifestyle choice that goes against every core of their belief and comfort, they feel it is the only way to survive. In many instances individuals are also forced into selling their bodies by members of their own family, their partners and also gangs who have turned community issues such as this into opportunistic avenues of income for themselves.
The women we met in Pakistan did not want their identity to be revealed, but we ensured local social workers were involved in the process and our video report delves into some very simple solutions that can be looked at.
Our broader aim now is to enable the women we encountered on the ground who all expressed a desperate will to be helped, to be given an alternative means of economic livelihood and the full support and resources to empower themselves to the point where they do not feel restricted with choices.
We recognise that for sustainable long term interventions, there is a growing need for resources to be actively provided and for structured systems to be put in place and so we are encouraging those on the ground to take the lead.
Looking at the issues that affect people in many countries, with a focus towards solutions and enhanced proactive effort.
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And if you or anyone you know requires a similar level of support in your location our team is proactively reaching out to local government agencies and NGO groups on the ground to assist and will help put you in touch with the appropriate avenues in your location.
We also strongly believe it is not enough to simply highlight issues or otherwise choose to ignore... even if it is happening in another country or location. Often it is even the actions of one individual or group that can bring simple solutions and even if any action can help as little as just one person in need... it is worthwhile.