Karachi, May 15, 2015 (PPI-OT): Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan Thursday ascented the “Sindh Commission on the Status of Women Act 2015″, to be enforced immediately throughout the province. The Act provides for the setting up of a Provincial Commission on the status of women for promotion of social, economic, political and legal rights of women, as provided in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973, said a statement.
These rights are in accordance with international declarations, Conventions, treaties, Covenants and agreements relating to women, including Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Through this Act Government shall constitute a Commission to be known as the Sindh Commission on the Status of Women (SPCSW).
The Commission shall consist of twenty one members and shall include one Chairperson and twenty Members. Chairperson and Members shall be appointed within ninety days of the passage of this Act. The Chairperson shall be a woman, not less than forty five years of age with experience of working on issues relating to women’s rights for more than fifteen years, and is committed to the cause of women’s empowerment, “the Commission shall include at least one women representative of the minority community and three male members.
A Member of the Commission shall not be less than thirty or thirty five years of age, of active experience of working on issues relating to women’s rights for more than 10 years and it committed to the cause of women’s empowerment. The headquarters of the Commission shall be at Karachi.
The Women Development Department (WDD) shall invite through public notice applications and recommendations for Chairperson and membership of the Commission. The WDD shall set up a Special Committee which shall include:i) Minister, WDD, who shall head the Committee; ii) Convener Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPS); iii) Member, WPC; iv) Chairperson Sindh Human Rights Commission.
A Parliamentary Committee shall be constituted by the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh and shall comprise 50 percent members from the treasury benches and equal numbers from the opposition parties, based on their strength in the Provincial Assembly, to be nominated by the respective Parliamentary Leaders.
For more information, contact:
Syed Wajahat Ali
Advisor to Governor (Higher Education and Media)
Sindh Governor House
Tel: +92-21-99201216-7, +92-21-99201201-3