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NCSW Organised Roundtable Consultation on compliance of 'Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010'

Apr 22, 2010

Prime Minister’s Advisor on women development Ms.Yasmeen Rehaman MNA has said that the passage of Laws against harassment of women at workplace and at public spots is a reflection of Government’s strong commitment towards the cause of women development. She was addressing the roundtable conference on the implementation of “Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010”organized by National Commission on the Status of Women in Islamabad today on 22nd April, 2010.
Ms.Yasmen Rehman assured the participants that the government has the same level of commitment for the implementation of these laws as it had for their enactment. She said the federal government will also hold discussions with the provincial governments early next month for the implementation of these laws at the provincial as well as at the district level. Ms.Yasmeen Rehaman said that enactment of laws against women’s harassment is a testament of the present governments political will towards the well being of Pakistani women. She said it was Benazir Bhutto Shaheed’s dream which we have fulfilled today.  She expressed her appreciation of the business community for showing commitment towards implementation of the Code of Conduct on Harassment of Women within their own organizations.
Earlier the chief guest and chairman Federal Board of Revenue/Secretary revenue Division Mr.Sohail Ahmed said the law will ensure provision of safe workplace for the women who want to work. He said Pakistan lacks behind in education and health compared to the countries which have the same per capita income and most of the problems being faced by our country are related to the lower status of women in our society. He said, change, though slow, is a welcome step. He said Federal Board of Revenue has a very very strong presence of women even at the senior most level and we are circulating the code of conduct for implementation at the Federal Board of Revenue as well as all its units.
The federal Secretary Women development, Ms.Batool Iqbal Qureshi, said her ministry has taken a number of steps to ensure that women get conducive working environment in all its offices. She said ministry is also reaching out to the provinces for implementation of the law at that level.
Member of the NCSW, Dr.Fouzia Saeed, explained the salient features of the new law. She said it was incumbent on all the public and private sector organizations and departments to implement the law in letter and spirit by adopting the code of conduct given in the law and by establishing enquiry committees.
The representative of various public and private sector organizations shared their views and the steps they have taken to implement the law within their respective departments and oraganisations.
Earlier Ms.Nasreen Azhar member NCSW welcomed the participants and spelled out the purpose of holding this event.

The roundtable consultation on “Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010”was largely attended by representatives of government, ministries, divisions, departments, autonomous bodies, chambers of commerce and industry, major public sector organizations and civil society and media

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