Pro-women laws must be implemented: president

Published December 24, 2020
President Dr Arif Alvi addresses the Brainstorming Session on Gender-Based Discrepancies and Promotion of Legal, Economic and Social Empowerment of Women in Islamabad on Wednesday. — Photo courtesy: President of Pakistan Twitter
President Dr Arif Alvi addresses the Brainstorming Session on Gender-Based Discrepancies and Promotion of Legal, Economic and Social Empowerment of Women in Islamabad on Wednesday. — Photo courtesy: President of Pakistan Twitter

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday emphasised true implementation of pro-women laws by doing away with the cultural taboos.

Addressing the Brainstorming Session on Gender-Based Discrepancies and Promotion of Legal, Economic and Social Empowerment of Women hosted by the Aiwan-i-Sadr here, the President said his office had been actively engaged in addressing the issues like rights of women and disabled people.

The event was attended by federal ministers Barrister Farogh Nasim, Dr Shireen Mazari, Shafqat Mahmood, Shibli Faraz, Minister of State Zartaj Gul, special assistants Dr Sania Nishtar and Dr Faisal Sultan, Parliamentary Secretary on Law Malika Bukhari, prominent artists and media representatives.

The State Bank Governor Reza Baqir and various social activists also joined the event through video link.

The event featured a working session on issues confronting women, including property rights, legal, media and other sectors which later presented their recommendations for consideration by the government.

The president viewed that the session would provide a road-map to the government for devising strategies on women empowerment as was also taught by the Holy Quran and Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) in his last sermon.

He said being a gender neutral country, the Constitution also guaranteed women rights and even provided special provisions.

Even Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, he said, had also stated that no nation could reach the height of glory without protecting women rights.

He believed that almost 98pc of the society was unanimous on women rights; however, it was the victim of some cultural taboos.

Highlighting the issues confronting women like insecurity at police stations, delayed disposal of divorce cases, hesitance to register harassment or rape cases, and domestic violence, the president said such sittings would provide a timeline for relief to the women.

He said owing to lack of awareness, the women were not properly benefiting from the loans scheme exclusively announced for them to run small and medium enterprises.

The president said First Lady Samina Alvi had also been actively running an awareness campaign on breast cancer.

He said the presidency had also written to the Council of Islamic Ideology to promote the breastfeeding through the pulpit, which would ultimately address the issues of malnutrition and overgrowing population.

Later, the representatives of respective working groups presented their recommendations on rights of women in media, their access to education, health, legal rights and economic empowerment.

Following the recommendations, the president, in his concluding remarks, said all the proposals would be forwarded to the ministries concerned for their point-wise response along with the financial implication of the suggested measures.

Published in Dawn, December 24th, 2020

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