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48th Meeting of National Commission on the Status of Women: 18-19 June, 2013

Jun 19, 2013

NCSW held its 48th Members Meeting on 18-19 June, 2013 wherein it reviewed its election monitoring and discussed several policy and administrative matters.

 

The meeting began with a strong condemnation of the spate of terrorist attacks in Baluchistan particularly at Quaid-e-Azam’s residency in Ziarat, the bus of women’s university students and Bolan Medical Complex, Quetta that left scores of dead and injured. The press release issued in this regard has been uploaded at News Section of NCSW’s website.

Commission members agreed to recommend to Election Commission of Pakistan the need for amendment in electoral laws to prevent denial of women’s right to vote in elections. Among other matters of concern deliberated upon were the admissibility of DNA tests as evidence in cases of rape; women’s exclusion from decision making institutions in FATA; taking forward pending Bills related to Reproductive Health Care, Child Rights Commission, Corporal punishment; developing mechanisms for implementation of laws enacted by the previous Assembly; revisiting of Domestic Violence Bill; liaising with provincial governments for the formation of provincial Commissions on the Status of Women; future research areas; the reported merger of women development ministries with Zakat and Ushar in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and other routine matters.

 

In the end the Law, and Research, Committees of NCSW held their meetings and decided their future course of action.

 

The 48th meeting of NCSW was attended by members from all four provinces, FATA, ICT, AJK and minorities as well as ex-officio members from 4 federal ministries.        

 

In the evening of 18th June, NCSW arranged an Interactive meeting-cum-dinner to introduce NCSW members to newly elected women parliamentarians. The women parliamentarians expressed their strong resolve to work with NCSW for legislation on women’s rights. The session was moderated by Ms. Kishwar Naheed, Member NCSW. Principle speakers were former Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fahmida Mirza, Minister of State for Health Sciences Ms. Saira Tarar (also member NCSW) and Ms. Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson NCSW

 

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