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Khawar proposes setting up of safe houses for vulnerable groups

Jun 20, 2013

Islamabad (Dec11): Chairperson National Commission on the Status of women Khawar Mumtaz has proposed setting up of safe house for those people under threat of being killed in the name of honour and other violence survivors, and providing for their rehabilitation.

She was addressing the audience in a ceremony arranged by Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights in National Library to mark the Human Rights day. Khawar said that it was a day to remember all the vulnerable groups who live under the threats of human rights violations and especially the poor, minorities, children, people with disabilities, widows, and bounded labour, home based workers.

She showed grave concern over rising incidents of violence against women and said being the chair of the NCSW, her deep concern is with the rising incidents of violence with adverse implications to women and by extension to the country. “It is deplorable,” said she, “that in spite of positive legislation over the past decade, serious incidents of violence against women continue to occur every day throughout the country in increasing numbers,” she observed.

“It is a day to reflect and take stock who we are, “she questioned the audience, adding, “the externalities that stress our system; the inner weaknesses that hold us back acknowledge what we have achieved and recognize that we still have a long way to go and to set our priorities. Mentioning the just concluded 16 days of Activisim, Khawar urged on the need for a strong strategy for the implementation of laws that are being made for the women protection.

It may be recalled here the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and concludes on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign this year was aimed at raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level.

Khawar reiterated the resolve of the NCSW to overcome obstacles against gender equality and said, “Expectations are higher of NCSW to address the multiple and layered sources and forms of violence against women.” She said it was now time to renew our commitments to universal standards of human rights, to our resolve to overcome the barriers that come in the way to ensuring human rights enshrined in our constitution under our international obligation and our religion.”

Chairperson welcomed establishment of Provincial Commission on the Status of Women and hoped PCSWs in other provinces will soon be established. NCSW works with lawmakers, parliamentarians and other decision makers for promotion of laws and regulations aimed at empowering women in the social, economic and political spheres. NCSW actively liaise with Provincial Commissions and concerned National and Provincial organizations.

Secretary Law Justice and Human Rights Barrister Zafarullah and Deputy Representative UNWOMEN Sangeeta Thapa also addressed the gathering

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