National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) is a statutory body, established in July 2000. It is an outcome of the national and international commitments of the Government of Pakistan like Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 1995; and National Plan of Action (NPA) for Women, 1998. Three Commissions have completed their respective term of three years. Term of the last Commission expired on 31st December, 2008.
The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) was established with the specific purpose to: Examine policies, programs and other measures taken by the Government for women’s development and gender equality; Review laws, rules and regulations affecting the status of women; Monitor mechanisms and institutional procedures for redress of violations of women’s rights and individual grievances; Encourage and sponsor research to generate information, analysis and studies relating to women and gender issues; Develop and maintain interaction and dialogue with NGOs, experts and individuals in society at the national, regional and international level; any other function assigned to it by the Federal Government.
“MESSAGE FROM Ms. KHAWAR MUMTAZ, CHAIRPERSON”
National Commission on the status of Women (NCSW) strives to fulfill the promise of a life of dignity and justice to women of Pakistan. Commission’s mandate is to address the issues that affect the lives of women adversely by reviewing and analyzing the laws and policies and consequently formulating recommendations through dialogue and research to enable them to hold a position of equity. The discrimination expressed in social issues is to be eliminated for a life of fulfillment.
Our state and constitution safeguards women’s rights. It is the implementation and practice that ignores the justice that is due. NCSWs basic concern is to create awareness at all levels and in all section of society. The contemporary issues of life demand a sensible understanding. This could be achieved by accepting rather than negating the realities. The Commission endeavors to resolve this conflict of myth and reality. Women rights are not something specific or alien, they are human rights as enshrined in our value system and they are not subjugated as individuals having a right to dignity.”
Women rights activists from across the country participated in a one-day Women Human Rights Defenders Congress on Tuesday, which was hosted by the Potohar Organisation for Development Advocacy (Poda) in collaboration with the European Union Delegation to Pakistan and UN-Women.