ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman has hoped that ‘Protection Against Harassment at the Work Place Act 2009′ bill will ensure security to working women at work places. “The bill has been named `Protection Against Harassment at work place Act 2009’.” Talking to a private TV channel, she said the government is committed to work for the welfare of women and to create enabling atmosphere so that women can work at their work with dignity and respect.
The Minister said bill has been prepared by the ministry of woman development after consulting different stakeholders, women groups, civil society, NGOs and people involved in working for the rights of women.
She said the input from federal ministers and other stakeholders have been incorporated in the bill. Code of conduct and procedure has also been included in the bill so that the women could act accordingly when harassed at work place. “Every single complaint would be probed into and penalties for the offence have also been identified”. A victim can also appeal in courts for improving environment of working place if not satisfied from the outcome of the departmental inquiry, she added.-SAnA