Dateline Peshawar Report
PEHSWAR: A seminar in connection with International Women’s Day was held at Peshawar Press Club on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion Main Iftikhar Hussain, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister, said that Awami National Party had a pro human rights agenda which did not differentiate on the basis on gender race or other differences.
He said that the child bill was opposed by the Awami National Party in the provincial assembly because of the Social, Cultural and religious values of interpretation linked with it and these must be addressed before such adopting such legislation on the floor of the assembly.
The ceremony was jointly organised by Action Aid, Blueveins, Citizen Rights and Sustainable Development (CRSD) and Hawa Lur.
Other speakers shared their view about how the women’s day holds a special place in their lives. A large number of participants from various NGOs participated in the event.
Farida Iqbal, Blue Veins program officer, said that the new millennium had played a vital role and brought about a change in both women’s and society’s thoughts regarding the gender equality and rights.
She said that youths had recognized that combats for the rights of the women had been won struggle for the rest was underway.
She informed that women in their boardroom, equality in legislative rights and increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life. Women had gained true equality education, she added.
Farida lamented that unfortunately the women were still not paid equally like male segment of society and had not given opportunities in business, politics, globally women’s education and health. However improvement had been observed in these sectors, she added.
Aliya Rasheed, Action Aid program officer, said that to ensure women’s quality education and to ensure their participation, particularly among women in the society at all levels to become more competitive nationally and regionally.
Shagufta Malik, member of the provincial assembly, said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government worked under the worst circumstances but maintained the gender-based equity.
Qamar Naseem of Blue Veins and co-chair of the EVAWG Alliance said that they appreciate the pro human rights approach of provincial and national government as they had done remarkable legislations.
He said that NGOs would support children rights amendment bill and bill was opposed by the legislators at provincial assembly.
He quoted Nelson Mandeela as saying that politicians look towards coming election while leaders look towards new generation and expressed hope that the politicians in Pakistan will look into the issues which were challenge to the existing and upcoming polls.