By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada
PAKISTAN: Rubab Mehdi,regional commissioner for protection of women against harassment at workplace on Tuesday said that government and civil society should join hands to end violence against women at work place so that women folk could perform their duties without fear.
A large number of students including girls and boys, professors and civil society members attended the seminar.
The aim of the 16-day activism was to encourage the raising of women voices against injustices, violations or deprivation of their due rights.
The seminar,at Peshawar University, was organized by the Aurat Foundation with the collaboration of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the status of women as a series of 16-day activism campaign to eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls, now.
Ishfaq Ahmad, Deputy Secretary, Social Welfare, Resident director Aurat Foundation,Usher and zakat, special Education and women Empowerment, Shabina Ayaz. Faizullah Khan, Chairman of the department of Mass Communication, University of Peshawar, Riffat Shah spokesperson Peshawar Institute of Cardiology, Professor Doctor Kaneez Fatima Haider member of KPCSW, Ali Imran and Doctor Irfan were the key note speakers.
Speakers of the seminar highlighted how the media should play its role in eradication of Violence against women and Girls. the media can play a crucial role and to report and cover the inequalities and injustice with women in the society.
Speakers present in the seminar expressed their views and discussed how media can play role for eradication of violence against women and girls.
Rubab was speaking was not acceptable nor excusable and neither it should be tolerated at any level. She said media role was inevitable in this rglegards to fight against such evils.
Rubab said It was the responsibility of media not only to report the harassment case if it take place anywhere in Pakistan but every person should also to raise voice against it.
She added that the ombudsperson office, the national commission on the status of women and the Provincial commission on the status of women are the institutions where they can seek remedy and will be facilitated. She insisted that the media should encourage the reporting of violence cases along with the required process and steps. She urged that survivors could be prevent from further harm.
Doctor Riffat Sardar chairperson KPCSW said that gender based violence could be tolerated at any level and in any form.
Sum up of the whole discussion of in the seminar, “A collaborative approach, that combines sensitive reporting together with advocacy, sensitization, and support for media personnel would contribute a lot in public awareness regarding women rights, the relevant laws, which ultimately helpful in elimination of gender-based violence.”