Task force to ensure women’s protection: Ahsan

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Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Professor Ahsan Iqbal on Friday announced to establish a national level-task force for the protection of women.He made this announcement while speaking at the concluding of the 16-day campaign against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), initiated by the Ministry of Planning Development & Special Initiatives while engaging their Young Development Fellows YDFs.

The ceremony was attended by the Executive Director, the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr. Shaista Sohail, Vice Chancellor, Rawalpindi Women University (RMU) Dr Alina Kamal, Young Development Fellows (YDFs) of the Planning Ministry, students and civil society activities.

The 16-day campaign was started on November 25 last month on International Day for the elimination of Violence against Women. On this Day, the Ministry also launched its Gender Unit to ensure that all the policies made under the auspices of the Planning Commission would take the gender perspective into consideration. Following the campaign, the YDFs attached to the ministry conducted seminars in various educational institutes to create awareness among the masses about the cybercrime laws, policies and violence against women. The representatives of the Federal Investigation Agency FIA, National Commission on the Status of Women NCSW and HEC took part in this campaign. “No country can progress without the active participation of women referring to the example of China and Bangladesh, which have given full representations to their women as a result they showed great progress in development,” said the Minister, while addressing the concluding of the campaign. —APP