ISLAMABAD: Acting President Dr. Fehmida Mirza has said that no society could progress without women participation in all walks of life. Addressing on the occasion of launching the signing of Campaign card of “Say no to violence against women” organized by United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday, she said that the existence of violence against women in any society was a big barrier to development.
She said that violence against women and harassment at work place was one major issue that perturb many the world over. She said that the new democratic government in Pakistan was committed to women empowerment and protection of women’s rights and was making legislation to protect women from domestic violence and harassment at workplace.
She said that November 25 holds a special significance for women around the globe since it is dedicated to the memory of three sisters of the Dominican Republic, who opposed a dictator and sacrificed their lives.
The heroic tale of the three sisters has a sticking similarity to the gallant struggle of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto who lived for her people and laid her life for their freedom and emancipation, she added.
She said that Benazir Income support Programme was also important for the empowerment of women in the rural areas. Acting President said that the creation of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus with an objective to protect rights and status of Pakistani women, is a milestone in the history of women rights in Pakistan. She said that through this Caucus, the 76-Women MNAs will endeavor to protect women rights and make their voice heard louder and clear in the corridors of power.
Acting President said that as the Patron of the Women Parliamentary Caucus, I feel the tremendous responsibility to seek a just and secure environment for the women of Pakistan, enabling them to contribute to their fullest for the development and progress of the country.
She said that for this noble cause, I seek cooperation of all segments of the society to work jointly and make Pakistan a great nation. Earlier, the she signed the UNIFEM card “Saying No to Violence against Women” and launched the 16-days campaign organized by UNIFEM to commemorate the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women.
Meanwhile, Faisal Karim Kundi, Acting Speaker National assembly, Senator Raza Rabbani, Mrs. Farzana Raja, Sardar Izrar Tareen, Mrs. Rukhsana Bungash, Mrs. Nuzhat Sadiq also signed the UNIFEM cards.-SANA