Speakers stress on collective efforts to combat harassment

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 SIALKOT (ENN) Justice (Rtd) Nasira Javaid Iqbal (Allama Iqbal’s daughter-in-law) has stressed the need of making all out sincere individual and collective efforts to curb the menace of the harassment in all shapes in the society, saying that there was a dire need of sensitizing and educating the people about the harassment.

She stated this while addressing the participants of an awareness-raising largely attended seminar on “Stop Harassment” held at the auditorium of University of Sialkot (USKT) here today. CEO of University of Sialkot (USKT) Rehan Younas, Chairman BoG of USKT Faisal Manzur, Rana Babar Suhail (HoD Media, Press and Publications USKT), Lahore based anchor Madeeha Masud, Fouzia Waqar (Chairperson Public Commission on Status of Women Punjab), Dr. Mariyam Nouman (Chairperson of Women Entrepreneurs Committee of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry-SCCI) and local senior journalists were also present on this occasion.

A large number of the USKT male and female students, faculty members and local senior journalists also attended this seminar.

She vowed to continue her life-long struggle for the protection and provision of the basic rights to the women, besides, ending the harassment in all shapes as well.

She said that positivity should also be promoted in all the spheres of life, which also reduce the incidents of harassment especially the sexual harassment of the women. She said that the promotion of the positive mental growth was also vital to curb the menace of harassment in all shapes.

The CEO, Chairman and senior officials of University of Sialkot (USKT) are presenting shield to Justice (Rtd) Nasira Javaid Iqbal after a seminar on “Stop Harassment” held at USKT here today. A group photo of the students with USKT officials and Justice (Rtd) Nasira Javaid Iqbal after a seminar held at USKT. (ENNS)

She said that leniency and pleasant behaviours could also be helpful in getting the desired results regarding the elimination of harassment as well.

She said that both males and females create harassment and both of the males and females should also be sensitized and educated about the harassment, saying that we should utilize the hidden qualities of both males and females and even the transgenders for the promotion of the positivity. We should also end the gender in discrimination under our social and religious norms and values as well.

Addressing the participants, Fouzia Waqar (Chairperson Provincial Commission on Status of Women Punjab) said that harassment covers a wide range of behaviors of an offensive nature. It was commonly understood as behavior that disturbs or upsets, and it was characteristically repetitive. In the legal sense, it is behavior that appears to be disturbing or threatening.

She said that sexual harassment refers to persistent and unwanted sexual advances, typically in the workplace, where the consequences of refusing are potentially very disadvantageous to the victim.

Chairman BoG of USKT Faisal Manzur added that the positive thoughts could ever change the negative minds, as this positivity was very important to halt the harassment.

Rana Babar Suhail (HoD Media, Press and Publications USKT) said that harassment in its all the shapes was most condemn-able offense.

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