National Women’s Day: ‘Miles to go before we achieve rights for women’
Feb 14, 2014
LAHORE: All Pakistanis must set aside gender discrimination and celebrate the National Women’s Day, a milestone achieved after great sacrifices by women activists, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Director IA Rehman said on Tuesday.
Rehman was the keynote speaker at a reflective roundtable consultation to commemorate the National Women’s Day. The event was organised by the National Commission on the Status of Women and Democratic Commission for Human Development.
The roundtable aimed to reflect on the challenges that extremism posed to women in Pakistan and develop a strategy on how to deal with it.
NCSW Chairperson Khawar Mumtaz said the National Women’s Day had been celebrated since 2010. “The NCSW aims to achieve gender equality in accordance with the Constitution and international commitments,” she said. “We examine policies, programmes and review laws, rules and regulations affecting the status and rights of women.” The NCSW also suggests the repeal, amendment or enactment of new legislation to end discrimination.
Rehman said even though women had achieved several milestones, “we still have miles to go before we can call it a day”.