Party heads, bureaucrats asked to contribute more for women empowerment

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Karachi (ENN/PR) Senator Sassui Palejo has proposed that the Women Parliamentary Caucus in senate should take the women empowerment agenda through policy advocacy, at every legislation forum”.

She said “after 18th amendment women development is the one of the primary subject of discussion in provincial assemblies regarding issues in implementation. We would also propose. Yet in current situation women are being considered second citizens in society and state at large.

“Bureaucrats synergized with political heads of the department may contribute positively to empower women in society” Palejo further added.

She was among other speakers was talking in a landmark event to share key findings of policy advocacy and research on strengthening pro-women legislation for improved GBV response services in Sindh, organized by Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) here on Wednesday.

Talking about status of Dar-ul-Amans status for GBV response service, Alia Shahid Secretary Social Welfare Department said, “There are only five Dar-ul-Aman in Sindh, we need more in Sindh and there should be management committee to monitor the performance of the Darul-amans under the supervision of Deputy Commissioners at District level”.

Nuzhat Shirin, Chairperson – Sindh Commission on the Status of Women (SCSW), said “We (SCSW) are reviewing three pro-women laws in Sindh, we are trying all we can to ensure that in future laws cannot be passed without diligent scrutiny and review.

Dr. Ayub Shaikh, Member Provincial Steering Forum (PSF), Sindh said “Women empowerment agenda can not only be addressed solely by the government but with support of the different stakeholders and civil society actors”.

Uzma Noorani Director Panah Shelter said “We cannot expect true women empowerment until women at grass-root level are aware of the pro-women legislation and rights guaranteed to them in these laws”.

Speaking at the event, SPO Head of Program Shazia Shaheen said “Lobbying and advocacy to strengthen implementation of pro-women legislation and GBV response services in Sindh helped lay down the establishment of Domestic Violence Commission under Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Rules 2016, Provincial and District Monitoring Committees under Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Rules 2016 and Sindh Commission on the Status of women under Sindh Commission on the Status of Women Act 2015”.

Karamat Ali of PILER, Mahnaz Rehman of Aurat Foundation, Raheema Panhwar, Fareeda Shaikh, Younis Bandhani of Baanhbeli, SSP Shahla Qureshi, Dr Qarar Abbasi, Jamil Junejo of PFF, Salim Abbasi and other were part of the discussion.

While shields were awarded to various persons on the occasion as well.

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