Speakers hail pro-women legislation

Islamabad—Speakers at a seminar held here at the Allama Iqbal Open University ( AIOU) on Tuesday underlined the need of promoting awareness about the pro-women legislation so that the female folk could better understand and protect their rights, available to them under the laws.
The seminar was arranged by the University’s Gender and Women Students Department under the auspices of USAID and Aurat Foundation, an NGO, in connection with the international women day. It was the part of the lectures’ series undertaken on initiative of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui to sensitise the Faculty members and the students about laws, relating to their welfare.
Human Rights Activist Ms. Riffat Butt was the key-note speaker who briefed the participants about the pro-women legislation introduced from 2004 to 2016.
The seminar was aimed at disseminating basic knowledge regarding legislature pertaining to prevention of gender-based violence. The speakers included Dr. Riffat Haq, chairman department of Women Studies and Dr. Samina Awan, chairman History Department AIOU asserted that the society’s negative mindset about the rights of women should be changed through education and social-financial empowerment. Dignity and honour of the women should be upheld in accordance with human rights, enshrined in the constitutions and the laws.
Ms. Riffat Butt noted presently there was a better realisation of women’s rights at the government’s level. It reflected from the laws introduced during the last ten years. Legislation regarding honour-killing and the pro-women law recently adopted by the Punjab government were testimony to it. Such laws, she added were most encouraging for the depressed section of the society.
Miss Butt asserted inconsistency in the prevailing laws should be removed for their better implementation and achieving the desired results. These days women in the country feel more secured and have better understanding to seek their due rights through the court of law, she added.
She referred to the laws relating to domestic-violence and harassment of women at their work place and said these have enhanced females’ respect and status in the society. The speakers appreciated Dr. Shahid Siddiqui for laying special focus on females’ education and arranging academic activities relating to social-economic issues.—INP

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