Islamabad: Ms. Fiza Batool Gillani, Goodwill Ambassador for Empowerment of Women said that Legislative measures by PPP-led government proved that only Democracy protects the rights of women and give them their due rights in the society.
Speaking at a workshop of the National Consultation on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Post-Devolution arranged by National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) here on Wednesday, she said that only the democracy was empowering the women in the country.
She said that anti-women practices like, Acid throwing on women, Wanni, Swara, marriage with the Holy Quran were punishable offences in “the Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Bill 2011” which was passed two days earlier.
“No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men”, he added.
She added that Shaheed Mohtaram Benazir Bhutto contributed a lot for the empowerment of women and took initiatives to bring qualitative change in their lives including establishment of First Women Bank (FWB), Women Police and Lady Health Workers (LHWs).
“Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani, Prime Minister regards the women as his constituency and declared “December 22” as “National Women Day” to acknowledge their role and achievements for the country in different walks of life”, She added.
While talking on the occasion, she said that the dream of women cannot be fulfilled without economic empowerment and so Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) was launched to empowering them economically and fight off poverty through cash grants and also imparting technical training to them.
Ms. Fiza Batool Gillani said that 10 per cent quota in the jobs have been allocated to women ensuring their representation in workplaces.
Taukeer Fatima Bhutto, Minister for Women Development Sindh, speaking on the occasion said that the government had launched so many projects for empowerment of women in Sindh including Shelter Homes.
Ms. Anis Haroon, Chairperson, NCSW on the occasion said that the good policies for empowerment of women were made but there was problem of lacking of clarity of polices and its implementation.
She said that the ministry of women development was devolved to the province but claimed that the funds were not devolved yet.
It is the best step towards the empowerment of women of allocation of 10 per cent quota in the jobs for women.
Among other participation in the workshop, Jami Chandio, a social worker said that the actual problem existed was the implementation of policies and lacking of strategies for framework on these polices.
Tahira Abdullah also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the women issues.
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