Islamabad—Minister of State and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Marvi Memon Friday asked the programme beneficaries to realize their fundamental rights and stand up against violence. “Violence against women can only be stopped if women realize their potential, speak up and support each other on this grave violation of human rights,” she said while addressing a ceremony held to commemorate the nternational day for elimination of violence against women here at the BISP Secretariat.
She said it was the weakness and lack of self-esteem which allowed perpetrators to inflict harm to women, adding “respecting, treasuring and honoring women can only ensure the avoidance of such negative attitudes that lead to mental and physical violence against women,” a press release issued here said.
UN Women goodwill ambassador Muneeba Mazari, Chairperson Acid Survivors Foundation Valerie Khan, Executive Director Mehergarh Maliha Hussain, Chairperson Research Department Dawa Academy Tahir Mehmood, acid survivors, members of civil society, media and a large number of beneficiaries attended the event.
UN Women goodwill ambassador Muniba Mazari said there was the need to break stereotypes to empower women. “Mothers should raise real men who know how to respect and value women. We should work as a team to eliminate violence against women.”
Chairperson Acid Survivors Foundation Valerie Khan highlighted that Pakistan had come a long way in countering acid violence. Since 2013 acid throwing cases have declined by 40-50 percent but the enactment of comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill would be crucial in curbing this crime, she added.
Chairperson Research Dawa Academy Tahir Mehmood stated that women were held in high esteem in Islam, adding they have been granted all types of social, financial, legal and political rights prohibiting violence against them.
Executive Director Mehergarh Maliha Hussain while speaking on harassment at work place stated that situation had improved since the enactment of harassment laws by the parliament.