ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Women Development will launch a five point programme named after Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed. In this programme the government will move the long overdue Domestic Violence Bill in the Parliament; all government land allotment will be done in the name of the woman of the house; the number of crisis centres for women will be increased from 25 to 55; Women’s quota in the public service will be increased to 20%; female prisoners across the country will be housed in separate quarters and looked after by female staff.
This was stated by Ms Sherry Rehman, Minister for Women Development while reviewing the performance of Women Development Ministry. Giving details of the five point programme the minister said that the long overdue Domestic Violence Bill needs to be moved in the parliament as it has already been sent to the cabinet division for opinions of the divisions and departments concerned. All government land allotment (for lease or home sites) will be made in the name of the woman of the house. This will be an important step towards the empowerment of women as a large section of women remain deprived of ownership rights.
There will be a review of the administrative and monitoring mechanism of the crisis centres. The government is committed to setting up a women crisis centre in every district of the country, the Minister added. Ms Rehman said that Women’s participation in the public bodies will be increased to 20% (from 10%), on merit, as a part of the Affirmative Action Job Quota for Women in public service. It merits a mention here that it was Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s government that initiated a 10% Affirmative Action Job Quota for Women in public services.
The minister ordered the Ministry of Women Development to immediately hold a stakeholders’ conference to involve civil society organizations, women bodies and other stakeholders in the process of legislation. ” Civil society has done commendable work for the cause of women in Pakistan. The government appreciates the efforts of all those organizations and individuals who have worked for the amelioration of women and we will make them our partners in all initiatives for women” she added.-SANA