Safe, Exploitation-free Society For Women Everyone's Responsibility: President
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Thu 30th September 2021 | 06:50 PM
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Sep, 2021 ) :President Dr Arif Alvi Thursday said that it was everyone's responsibility to ensure a safe and exploitation-free society to the women; however, it required mass awareness as well as behavioral change.
He, addressing a seminar on "Protection against Harassment and Women Property Rights" organized by Federal Ombudsman Secretariat for Protection Against Harassment" said every civilized society always protected the rights of vulnerable groups.
The president said islam had guided the followers on women rights including inheritance rights contrary to the west where everything belonging to women was considered men's property until first decade of 20th century.
He said the additional mandate to the Ombudsman to hear cases of women property rights would open up new avenues for rights' protection.
Moreover, the role of mosques was also essential to preach and portray women rights guaranteed by Islam.
President Alvi said women would continue to feel shy to report their incidents of harassment unless they had confidence for their protection.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar said the inability to capitalize the women's potential was tantamount to losing the contribution of half of the population.
She said over 50% of the beneficiaries of Ehsaas Program were women and even they were 100% beneficiaries of some of the programs.
She said it was essential to ensure easy mobility for women and called for everyone's role in this regard.
Federal Ombudsman for Protection against Harassment Kashmala Tariq said the Ombudsman had come a long way to create awareness on women rights and had placed a systematic mechanism of deterrence.
She said the Ombudsman had been given mandate to arbitrate where the women rights were being infringed. Kashmala Tariq said the new mandate had made a huge impact and lauded the proactive role of President Arif Alvi for pushing and empowering the Ombudsman to ensure protection of women rights.