Friday, January 21

Government urged to adopt zero tolerance policy for violence against women

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada

PAKISTAN: Speakers at the seminar on Friday said that government and civil society organizations should adopt zero tolerance against the violence against women and girls.

Department of sociology in univeraity of Abduk Wali Khan in collaboration with Khyber Pakhunkhwa Commission on the Status of Woman(KPCSW) organized a national seminar which was attended by Dr, Sumera Shams, Chairperson Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sajida Hanif,Naeema Kishwar, Provincial Assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shaheen Naz Saifullah,member National Assembly,Mehr Nigar Director  Islamabad/Women Rights Activist, Catlin Poole Program Manager and Gender Equality Specialist Co-Water International, Professor Dr,Zahid Ali Khan Marwat Pro-Vice Chancellor AWKUM, Dr,Hussain Ali Head of the Sociology Department, Dr, Naseem Raffique and Principal Shaheen Naz Saifullah.

The speakers shared their experiences and urged to take serious steps to stop violance at any level and any cost. 

Dr, Riffat Sardar said that women need to come forward and get education to end violence against women and girls in Pakistan. 

She said it was noticed that violence against women was rising in the country which had spread a wave of uncertinity and fear among the women folk.

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Riffat said that the government should maintain zero tolerance for all those who were involved in any kind of violence against women especially teenage girls.

Naeema Kishwar said that Islam was complete code of conduct and well defined the prestigious status of women in the religion. She said every one around the women should not only repect but play a defined role to protect working women and students. 

Mehr Nigar said violence against women and girls was the violation of human rights which should be stopped both in public and private sphere. 

Dr, Sumera said that women parliamentarians have worked hard and succeeded to pass laws related to women protection in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  provincial assembly.

Co-Water International is working in the Khyber Pakhunkhwa province and enjoy a close coordination Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Social Welfare, Special Education and Women Empowerment Department (SW, SE & WED), KPCSW and P&D Department to increase the political empowerment and enjoyment of rights by women, particularly young and marginalized women and those at risk in the province. The views shared.

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Professor dr,Zahid Ali Khan Marwat expressed his thanks to all the distinguished guests and appreciated the event organizers.

Dr, Hussain and MPhil scholars shared their evidence based research findings on violence against women and girls in Malakand Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the  participants. 

A role was played to highlight the violence against women and girls causes and consequences on women and her family. 

At the end of the seminar shields and certificates were distributed among the participants.

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