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Seminar on women rights held

RAWALPINDI: Speakers at a seminar on Monday stressed the need for making effective legislation to ensure protection of women rights. The seminar was arranged by UKS foundation- a non-government organization here and was attended by a large number of women belonging to different walks of life. Speaking on the occasion, MNA Tahira Aurangzeb said that...

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 31, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Aug 31, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
Seminar on women rights held

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RAWALPINDI: Speakers at a seminar on Monday stressed the need for making effective legislation to ensure protection of women rights.

The seminar was arranged by UKS foundation- a non-government organization here and was attended by a large number of women belonging to different walks of life.

Speaking on the occasion, MNA Tahira Aurangzeb said that role of women was not limited to home. They were playing key role in socio-economic development of the country.

She urged the women to join hands to curb violence against women and ensure provision of all basic rights including healthcare, education, employment, shelter and food to women in the country.

Senator Robina Khalid in her address said that women were participating actively in every field but their sacrifices and hard work were ignored due to gender discrimination. She said that violence against women was increased in the country during the last few years.

She asked the administration, civil society and political and religious parties to take serious notice of the issue and create awareness among people in this regard.

Director Social Welfare Raza Ahmed said that women also had the right to enjoy personal freedom and take part in different positive activities to develop their skills and enable themselves to oppose all kinds of violence.

Other speakers said that women worked in agricultural fields, industries, educational institutions, hospitals and government and private offices like men but they were not paid the reasonable wages for their work.

They said woman workers from formal and informal sectors would be taken on board and brought together on one platform.

As a result of this consultation recommendations were presented including pushing for more incorporation of women workers rights in HR policies, development of proper accountability mechanisms, monitoring by district and provincial labour officials, appointment of female labour inspectors, formulation of anti-harassment committee at each workplace, enforcement of labour laws for informal sector, involvement of women in policymaking, defining polices for work and equal division of labour, involvement of women in boards and trade unions, extension of labour laws coverage to the informal sector, introduction of policies for the informal sector, bringing the informal sector into social net of EOBI and social security. – APP

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