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Transformed narrative on status of women stressed

Apr 13, 2017

A transformed narrative on status of women is the major precondition for the elimination of violence against women from society.

This was the crux of the speeches delivered during a dialogue organised by the White Ribbon in coordination with the National Commission on Status of Women here on Wednesday about how to address violence against women.

The panellists opined that only a changed mindset of the people would create a just and equitable society where women could exercise their rights.

Representing education sector, media, religion, bureaucracy and policymaking bodies, they highlighted the role of their respective sectors in the development of a narrative on the status of women in the currant scenario.

Noted among them were Rabia Javeria – Federal Secretary for Human Rights, Omer Aftab – CEO White Ribbon, Zia-ul-Haq – Dean Sharia Department IIUI and others.

Omer Aftab on the occasion said the main objective of the event was to create a dialogue in society about role of women in Pakistan. "The White Ribbon believes that the ultimate solution to empower the women of Pakistan is to break the gender stereotypes."

He asked if there was any national narrative on statue of women in Pakistan. "If yes, what is that national narrative? And if not, then what it should be? Ironically, even after seventy years of independence as a sovereign nation we have no central narrative on the statue of women."

Omer said the White Ribbon had taken this initiative to change or create a central narrative on status of women. He said a national unanimity should be develop with state level serious efforts, which would meet the true standards that religion has given to the women.

"This narrative will also meet the requirement of the modern age so that a woman can play her role in the progress of the country. We will continue our struggle for the benefit of women," he said.

Secretary Rabia Javeria said preventing violence against women and empowering women continue to be priorities for the human rights ministry. "We strongly believe that closing the gaps between men and women in health, education, politics and economic participation will contribute to a more equitable and more prosperous society in Pakistan."

Member NCSW said in Pakistan, every fifth women was a victim of violence and that ratio was even higher among married women. He said every third women became victim of any sort of violence in her life.

"There is a deep-rooted cause behind this situation and that is patriarchal mindset. A joint effort from the entire stakeholders is required to change this scenario," he said. Ziauddin said media was the sturdiest instrument to change the mindset of any society.

"If we want to change the narrative of population of almost 200 million, a series of strategic and uniformed interventions are required. Our media somehow needs the play the role of opinion leaders." Member of the National Assembly Maeeza Hameed also attended the event. The White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan is a men’s movement to reduce violation of women’s rights.

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