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NCSW in collaboration of White Ribbon Pakistan Marked the Day for Elimination of Violence gainst Women and Launched a Media Campain for awareness rais

Nov 25, 2014

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25TH Nov. 20.14

NCSW in collaboration of White Ribbon Pakistan Marked the Day for Elimination of Violence gainst Women and Launched a Media Campain for awareness raising on Pro-Women Laws

·         White Ribbon Campaign and NCSW ink MoU

·         Candles lit to show solidarity with victims of violence

 

National Commission on Status of Women in collaboration with White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan  organized an event for Launching of Media Campaign for creating awareness on Pro-Women laws as part of the “Sixteen Days of Activism for Elimination of Violence Against Women” observed internationally.on November 25th, and launched a nationwide campaign on legal literacy to create awareness about pro-women laws. A special event to mark the day was held in a local hotel where social activists, legislators, diplomats and representatives of media and civil society were present. Among important speakers were Chairperson NSCW Khawar Mumtaz, Chief Executive White Ribbon Omer Aftab, Head Acid Survivor Foundation Valerie Khan, EU Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward, MNA ShaistaPervaiz Malik and famous poet KishwarNaheed. White Ribbon Campaign and NCSW also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly work for advocacy and awareness of pro-women laws. At the end of the program, participants lit candles to show solidarity with victims of violence. Expressing concerns over current condition of Pakistani women, speakers at the event stressed on the need of immediate steps for eradication of violence against women.

Chairperson NSCW stated:NCSW strives to fulfill the promise of a life of dignity and justice to women of Pakistan. She mentioned that Commissions 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. NCSWs basic concern is to create awareness at all levels and in all section of society, therefore it has joined hands with White Ribbon to spread widespread awareness on pro-women laws and also advocate new laws and amendments in existing laws for protection and welfare of women.

Chief Executive White Ribbon Omer Aftab told that this year’s campaign is focused on legal literacy of women, saying that government has introduced several good pro-women laws but women are not aware of them. Stressing on the need of creating awareness among women about their legal rights, he urged legislators for new pro-women laws and amendments in anti-women laws for welfare of women.

EU ambassador supported the causing of creating awareness among women and empowering them for a prosporous society. Lawyer Riffat Butt highlighted different pro-women laws, and indicated areas where more work needs to be done. ShaistaPervaiz showed complete support as legislator, and vowed that she and her colleague would take every possible step for better legislation for women. KishwarNaheed mesmerized the audience by reading her poem on rights of women.

White Ribbon Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women is marked internationally on November 25th to show support and solidarity with women suffering different kinds of violence in their lives. The Sixteen Days of Activism campaign starts from November 25- International Day against Violence against Women- and ends on December 10- International Human Rights Day- to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize on the fact that biases of all sorts are the violation of human rights. 

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