QUETTA: (Parliament Times) Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has said that along with protection of women’s rights it was the prime responsibility of the government to provide them a safe and better working environment.
“To provide a safe and friendly working environment to women at their workplaces efforts are underway to ensure full implementation of the Protection of Women Act 2016”, the CM said this while talking to Nafisa Shahwani, a member of a women’s rights organization and Mehrgarh Sexual Harassment Committee who called on him here on Tuesday. Provincial Assembly member Laila Tareen and female ombudsman Sabira Islam were also present on the occasion.
Nafisa Shahwani apprised the Chief Minister about the steps being taken by the committee to curb the incidents of sexual harassment of women and said that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was prepared between the provincial government and the committee in this regard. Under this MoU she said training programs would be conducted in different districts of the province in which women and related institutions will be made aware of what actually the harassment means, what its implications were and how to deal with these problems.
During the meeting, it was agreed that besides raising awareness about sexual harassment among women, there was also a need to create effective mechanisms for its prevention.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister directed the female ombudsman and officials of the women’s development department to work out a plan of action for the matters related to the committee.