Islamabad: The passage of “Prevention of anti-Women Practices Bill 2008” by Senate is a huge milestone in the women’s journey of empowerment. This was stated by Syeda Fiza Batool Gilani, Honorary Goodwill Ambassador for Women Empowerment to mark the passage of ‘Anti-Women Practices Bill’ by Senate.
The provisions of the bill, including anti- acid throwing and protection of their share in inheritance, will help the Pakistani women to live in a better social environment with honour and dignity, she said.
Syeda Fiza Batool Gilani appreciated the measures taken by the democratic dispensation for the protection and promotion of women rights. She also pointed out that the enactment of “Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010” earlier this year was a giant step forward in the way of women empowerment.
The Goodwill Ambassador said that the Pakistan People’s Party was deeply committed to the cause of women empowerment and all steps would be taken for their betterment and prosperity. She recalled that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto kept the cause of women emancipation close to her heart and waged a sustained struggle for the restoration of their rights.
She said that the passage of Anti-Women Practices Bill would put an end to the immoral and un-Islamic practices such as Vani, Swara, forced marriage with the Holy Quran, and negation of their share in inheritance.
Fiza Batool Gilani paid glowing tribute to parliamentarians belonging to all political parties, saying that the pro-women enactments showed that only democracy could secure the rights of the women.
She emphasized that public opinion needs to be built against such anti-women practices for their eradication. She stressed the role of media and women organizations in order to make women useful members of the society.
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