HYDERABAD: A public assembly “Pro Women Laws- Execution and Challenges” has emphasised the need to sensitise police, prosecutors, judiciary and all service providers regarding pro-women legislation.
Speaking at the public assembly on “Pro Women Laws – Execution and Challenges” organised by Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) here at local hotel, leading women rights activist and head of Women Action Forum (WAF) Anees Haroon said that we have achieved many milestones yet our struggle will continue for more improved services for women and children in Sindh province.
She said that the provincial assembly easily passes the non financial bills. No laws should be legislated in haste until allocating proper budget and resources.
The objective of the event was to gather right bearers and duty bearers side by side to discuss the implementation of pro women laws and strengthening GBV response service in the province.
The event attracted women rights activists, government officials, specially representatives of social welfare, women development department, Sindh commission on the Status of women, Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA) and left bank canals area water board, Health department, Civil society organizations, police, bar councils, students of Sindh University Jamshoro and wide number of community women from Hyderabad, Matiari and Jamshoro districts.
Amar Sindhu representing Women Action Forum (WAF) Hyderabad chapter said, “we are living in 21st century. We know that today’s women are aware about their rights and raising voice against injustice, disparity and unequal rights in society.”
She appreciated that after 18th amendment, Sindh Assembly has passed more pro women laws than any assembly done in Pakistan. But it is not enough as legislation with proper implementation seems useless.
“We have to develop proper structures to strengthen implementation of pro women laws,” Sindhu said.
Fouzia Ashraf, deputy director women development department Hyderabad said that unfortunately domestic violence cases were not reported in police stations and when reported, police itself fear that a law suit is not filed against them once an FIR is launched.
She said 75 percent women in Pakistan are aware about existing of pro women laws. Thus, now there is need to make it public with detail, so the people may know and follow it.
Ali Palh Advocate, Coordinator Sindh Human Rights Defenders Network, said that until a woman does not become financially independent, she would be victimized by various segment of society. We should provide them their due share in inheritance so that they could face economic and social challenges.
Tariq Farooq from police facilitation center said, “we are serving 200 to 250 persons on daily basis and separate women desk is established for those who seem hesitating to disclose their problems before men. We should bridge the generation gap and parents have to become child friendly in order to guide their children specially girls.”
Marvi Awan, coordinator Women Action Forum, said that domestic violence is not limited to uneducated families. It has nothing to do with education but behavior and attitude. Even sophisticated family’s women also face domestic violence. There is need for making law related to cyber gender related crime because cases for black mailing to young girls have recently been increased.
Pirbhu Satyani, regional coordinator SPO Hyderabad, shared that Pakistan stands at 143 rank for violence against women out of 144 countries. Federal and provincial governments have passed many laws for domestic violence and harassment at work but women especially in rural areas are unaware. The problems is that implementation mechanism of these pro women laws look weaker and failed to facilitate victim women.