Women Day observed, more power to women stressed


KARACHI (ENN) Women Day was celebrated throughput world including Pakistan on Thursday. The day is marked by rallies, panel discussions, seminars, networking events and various performances at government level as well as women rights groups.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO), Home based Women workers Federation (HBWWF), Aurat Foundation, War against Rape (WAR), Shirkat Gah, National Commission on the Status of Women, National Human Right Commission of Pakistan, Sindh Development Society (SDS), NARI Foundation and other different organizations and groups holding various events in different parts of the country.


NARI organized awareness walk by holding play cards and banners followed by Seminar to raise awareness among the youth of Sukkur region at Shah Abdul Lateef University Khairpur Mirs.

The seminar was addressed by Chairperson Institute of Gender Studies Department Tasleem Abro, Fatima Naeem Mangi, Advocate Shafique Ahmed Khoso, Dr. Agha Nadia, Dr. Santosh Kumar, Dr. Zaib Un Nissa, Safia Shams, Neelam Naz Channa, Anwar Ali Mahar and Samiullah Mahar.

Razia Sultana, Moomal Mendhari and Marvi Naz presented theatre performance on the issues of the women and girls.

The rally was held on the occasion of the international women’s day and it was led by HBWWF general secretary Zehra Khan. Thousands of women workers, representatives of trade unions and social and political organizations attended the rally that marched from the M.A Jinnah Road and ended at the Karachi Press Club.

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), in industries of textiles, garments and footwear the difference between wages of male and female workers is 64.5 percent which is largest in whole world. However, according to a report of Oxfam on international level the pay gap is 23 percent which is increasing continuously and it would take 170 years to end this gap.

The speakers said the harassment of women at workplace has become a routine. In Pakistan the women, especially girls and non-Muslim women have been braving mental, physical and sexual torture in factories and farms. This menace is on the rise. When they demand their due rights, the feudal lords, mills owners and the management take coercive actions against them. Sadly, there is no section in the labor laws of this country to end harassment of women at workplace.

They said the exploitation of women is not limited to tribal and feudal societies, but the capitalism has created the worst forms of the exploitation of women. Against this exploitation, the women workers belonging to the textile sector had started their historic struggle in New York in 1857, and to remember this struggle the day of the 8th March is celebrated in whole world as international day of women. Though 161 years had passed of start of this struggle but the international capitalist system has given women nothing saving poverty, hunger, diseases, joblessness and economic slavery.

As per an estimate women are 75 percent of the poor population. This is the cruelty of the capitalist system that according to McKinsey Global Institute 2015 report, the women are not given wages of 10 trillion dollars every year for their work and services at home.

On the occasion, the home based women demanded that, Government of Sindh should announce the law for home based workers as soon as possible and Pakistan should rectify the homework convention 177 of the International Labor Organization. The feudal and tribal system should be ended from the country, as this system has kept women enslaved for centuries.

All anti-women traditions should be ended, discrimination to women, Karo Kari, WataSata and honor killings should be ended. The legal system should be improved and its access to common citizens ensured. Effective legislation should be carried out to end the religious extremism and it should also be implemented.

There should be equal wages for equal work and the wages of workers should be increased.

The maternity and post maternity leaves of women workers should be increased and also implemented. The women should be given representation in all elected institution on the basis of their ratio in population.

Those spoke included HBWWF central general secretary Zehra Khan, Saira Khan of United HB Workers Union, Shabnam Azam, National Trade Union Federation deputy general secretary Nasir Mansoor, President Rafiq Baloch, Sabhagi Bheel of Sindh Agricultural General Workers Union, Mushtaq Ali Shan, Habibuddin Junedi of Sindh Labor Solidarity Committee, HBWWF Sanghar’s Sajida Kausar, Shahida Parven, Kausar Perveen, Home Based Bangle Workers Union’s Jameela Abdul Latif, Shakeela Khan.

Representatives of social and political organization also shown their solidarity with the working class women including veteran labour leaders Usman Baloch, Communist party of Pakistan leader Comrade Rashid Taj, Pakistan Mazdoor Kissan Party, Aslam Khokar, Jammu Kashmir Peoples National Party leader Sultan Mahmood, Mazhar Hussain, Faisal Edhi and Saba Edhi from Edhi Foundation, Social Activist Jibran Nasir, Writer Comrade Zubairur Rahman, Aslam Khokar and others.

Khairpur Mirs

In Umerkot Sami Foundation and TRDP Jointly celebrated the day by holding awareness seminar.

Women have to empower themselves as the empowerment is generated from within. There is no other option for women but to stand against subjugation, societal taboos, customary practices and all sorts of discrimination. They need to dream big and to play their role in building a progressive and prosperous society.

These were the views of the speakers at a special seminar on “Recognizing Struggle of Women Leadership”, organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Thursday to mark International Women’s Day.

Senator Sherry Rehman from Pakistan People’s Party said the women have been on the forefront of democratic struggle in Pakistan’s political history. “We have seen the struggle of Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhuttoo and Asma Jahangir, who were the icon of resistance, peace and have been the champions of democracy,” she added. Though our destination is far away but we shouldn’t stop here and keep fighting and continue struggle for just and rights.


Senator Sassui Palijo from Pakistan People’s Party said our policies need to be more gender sensitized. “Strengthening human justice system is need of the hour. it is contingent upon the legislatures to pass legislations and fight for effective implementation. She regretted that we talk more of wars and power politics instead of giving a serious thought to growing poverty, hunger, unemployment and violations of fundamental human rights, especially for women.


Renowned poet, Kishwar Naheed said in old times women used to run into rooms, not for fear, but for hiding themselves to ensure veil (Parda). She said now the time as well as the world has changed and hijab (veil) has become fashion.

Speaking earlier, Mushaal Hussein Mullick, wife of Hurriyat Leader Yasin Malik and Chairperson Peace and Culture Organization on the occasion said that almost every home and woman in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) was subject to either physical or sexual violence.  “Now women have taken the leadership role in Kashmir, where the men (husbands, sons, fathers or brothers) were mostly held as prisoners or paralyzed by the Indian Army’s brutal torture,” she said.

Dr. Humaira Ishfaq, Mome Saleem from Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS) and others spoke on the occasion.


لاڙڪاڻو:ڪمشنر لاڙڪاڻو ڊويزن محمد عباس بلوچ ديسي انٽرنيشنل اين جي او طرفان عورتن جي عالمي ڏهاڙي جي موقعي تي “عورتن کي با اختيار بڻائڻ” جي عنوان هيٺ سيمينار کي خطاب ڪندي چيو آهي ته کيس خوشي ٿي رهي آهي جو پوري دنيا ۾ عورتن جو عالمي ڏهاڙو ملهايو پيو وڃي، عورت گهر ۾ اهم ڪردار ادا ڪري ٿي. معاشري ۾ غربت جوسبب عورت کي حق نه ڏيڻ آهي دنيا ۾ عورتون اهم ڪردار ادا ڪري رهيون آهن، عورت کانسواءِ مرد به پنهنجو مقام حاصل نه ٿو ڪري سگهي

عورت کي والدين جي ملڪيت مان قانوني حصو ملڻ گهرجي. عورت کي با اختيار بڻائڻ سان معاشرو يقينن ترقي ڪندو. اسان کي عورت گهرواري يا گهر راڻي تصور ڪرڻ کان اڳتي وڌي رياست ۽ معاشري ۾ فيصلا ڪندڙ ادارن ۾ شرڪت ڪرائڻ ۾ اهم ڪردار ادا ڪرڻ جي ضرورت آهي. تعليمي يافته عورت پنهنجي ٻارن ۽ گهر جي بهتر سار سنڀال ڪري سگهي ٿي. سنڌ اندر عورتن جي ڪردار کي سگهارو ڪرڻ لاءِ سمورين سڄاڻ ڌرين کي پنهنجو ڪردار ادا ڪرڻ گهرجي

 ان موقعي تي ڊي آءِ جي لاڙڪاڻو عبدالله شيخ چيو ته اڄ پوري دنيا ۾ عورتن جو عالمي ڏهاڙو ملهايو پيو وڃي جيڪا هڪ سٺي سوچ آهي. اسان جي اپر سنڌ ۾ خواتين کي آزادي نه آهي، عورتون مشڪل حالتن ۾ به مختلف فيلڊس ۾ جدوجهد ڪري رهيون آهن جيڪو ساراهه جوڳو عمل آهي . ترقي يافته ملڪن ۾ عورتن کي سڪيورٽي، هيومن رائيٽس ۽ ٻيا سمورا گهربل حق مليل آهن، اهو معاشرو ڪڏهن به ترقي نه ڪندو جيستائين عورت کي با اختيار بڻايو نه ويندو، ڪارو ڪاري هڪ ڪڌو عمل آهي، عورتن کي همٿائڻ گهرجي ته جيئن اهي اڳتي اچي هن سماج ۾ پنهنجو گهربل ڪردار ادا ڪن. هن چيو ته جيڪڏهن ڪنهن به عورت کي جان جو خطرو هجي اهي لاڙڪاڻي ڊويزن جي 5 ئي ضلعن جي ايس ايس پي آفيس ۾ عورتن لاءِ قائم شڪايتي سيل ۾ پنهنجي شڪايت داخل ڪرائي سگهن ٿيون

 امتياز احمد، ثريا نثار، اخترامام،انيلا سومرو،ميڊم حنان،ايمن چانڊيو، امتياز جتوئي ايڊووڪيٽ ،شبنم،ريٽا ڪماري،سپنا،نازيه ، مهڪ ۽ ٻين خطاب ڪيو

لاڙڪاڻي ۾ عورتن جي عالمي ڏينهن جي حوالي سان سنڌ يونائيٽيڊ ليڊيز ونگ پاران لطيف نظاماڻي ليبر هال ۾ تقريب منعقد ڪئي وئي. ان موقعي تي تقريب کي خطاب ڪندي شيخ زيد وومين هاسپيٽل جي انچارج پروفيسر رفعيه بلوچ چيو ته عورتن کي بيمارين کان بچڻ لاءِ اپاءَ وٺڻ گهرجن، عورتن عظيم آهي ۽ عظيم رهندي، معاشري ۾ عورتن سان بهتر سلوڪ ڪيو وڃي ۽ عورتن کي هر فيلڊ ۾ ڏکيائون پيش اچي رهيون آهن پر ان جي باوجود به عورتون فولادي طاقت سان جدوجهد ڪري رهيون آهن

ان موقعي تي ايس يو پي عورت ونگ جي اڳواڻ شيبا مغل چيو ته ايس يو پي هر سال عورتن جو عالمي ڏينهن ملهائيندي آهي. سنڌ جي عورتن جي حق لاءِ جدوجهد ڪندي رهي آهي، سنڌ ۾ ڪاروڪاري، عورتن سان زيادتي يا سنگ چٽي جهڙا ڳنڀير مسئلا هجن، پارٽي هر وقت آواز اٿاريندي رهي آهي. ان موقعي تي اندرا مغل، ڊاڪٽر مظهر مغل، مسيح ڪالاڻي خطاب ڪيو جڏهن ته پروفيسر ڊاڪٽر شاهده، شازيه شيخ، نازيه مغل، فوزيه ڪاشف ۽ ٻين تقريب ۾ شرڪت ڪئي


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