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Govt. determined to ensure security & protection of women folk: Kashmala Tariq

Altaf Hamid Rao,

MIRPUR (AJK): Kashmala Tariq, Federal Ombudsperson for protection against harassment of women at work place, has said that the government was fully determined to raise awareness among the women folk about securing their due legal and constitutional rights in the country.

She was talking to a single-member delegation comprising Sahibzadi Marziyaa Sultana Faizpuri, a renowned scholar from Mirpur, Azad Jammu Kashmir who called on her in her office in Islamabad on Wednesday, according to a statement later released by Ms. Faizpuri to the media here on Thursday.

The federal Ombudsperson, the statement continued, said that it was imperative that women in Pakistan should be apprised and made fully aware of their due rights. She underlined that various laws against the harassment of women have been inked so far for the due assistance of the women including the working women.

Kashmala Tariq further said that government was committed to create a safe working environment for women, which is free of harassment, abuse and intimidation with a view toward fulfillment of their right to work with dignity. In this endeavor an Act of Parliament to make provisions for the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace has been promulgated so far, she underlined.

This Act builds on the principles of equal opportunity for men and women and their right to earn a livelihood without fear of discrimination as stipulated in the Constitution, sahd said. This Act also complies with the Government’s commitment to high international labour standards and empowerment of women. It also adheres to the Human Rights Declaration, the United Nation’s Convention for Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women and ILO’s convention 100 and 111 on workers’ rights. It adheres to the principles of Islam and all other religions in our country which assure women’s dignity, Kashmala told the delegation.

Kashmala Tariq said that the days had gone when the woman was made victim of highhandedness considering her a weakest human being.

Apprising the Federal Ombudsperson of the plight of women in Azad Jammu Kashmir Sahibzadi Marziyaa Sultana said that due legislation was also imperative to be inked for to secure and protect the due rights of women in Azad Jammu Kashmir, which, she emphasized, could ensure more safety of the women in the State.

Sahibzadi Marziyaa recalled that in fact the prevailing women protection laws in the country were the same as the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) had taught, at several occasions, 1400 years ago to His Ummah, through ‘Sahaaba Karam’ and reminded of it in His historic address of Haj-tul-Widah.

Sahibzadi Marziyaa underlined that the cases of harassment of women through cyber crimes and domestic violence were also reported in AJK’s society – which were aimed at to create dissention and hatred about women. She emphasized the need of raising awareness among women about their self protection. The Federal ombudsperson for protection against harassment of women at work place praised various positive and constructive steps taken by Sahibzadi Marziyaa Sultana Faizpuri-led Women Forum about the protection and welfare of women in various parts of AJK especially in Mirpur. Kashmala lauded the measures initiated as first step for the safety and security of the due rights of women in the State.

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