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‘Women now more aware of their rights’

HYDERABAD, (Sindh - Pakistan) 30 July 2010: Leaders and representatives of NGOs working for women’s rights have said that women today are more aware of their rights than before and have come out to protect them.
Speaking at a women’s assembly organised by Oxfam-GB and Aurat Foundation, they said that it was not fair to always talk about excesses against women and praised measures taken by the government to protect political, social, financial and legal rights of women.
Dr Masooma Hassan of Aurat Foundation said that in the past women were even deprived of their right to vote but a great transformation had taken place over the years and now women were participating in politics and almost every walk of life.
However, the situation was not yet satisfactory because many women were still facing problems, including violence but, she said, with the help of the free media the problems were immediately communicated to the authorities concerned.
MQM MPA Naheed Khan said that women were still deprived of many rights ordained in Articles 14 and 25 of the Constitution. It was the government’s responsibility to ensure that FIRs were registered in cases of excesses against women, she said.
She praised the federal government for enacting laws against harassment of women and stressed the need for their implementation in letter and spirit.
Despite enactment of laws, she said, jirga system, karo-kari and other black customs still existed in the country, particularly in rural areas of Sindh where women were treated like cattle and deprived of their rightful share in inheritance.
Chief Executive of Oxfam-GB, Barbra Stocking, said that under her organisation’s “Raising her voice” campaign women groups had been formed in 17 countries to develop leadership qualities among women and create awakening about their rights.
She said that the groups would participate in politics and other fields of endeavour and also struggle for equal rights.

Noreen Khalida of Oxfam said that such groups had been formed in 30 districts of Pakistan with a membership of 1,500. More than 45,000 women had been registered by the groups, she said. She praised the efforts made by the government for educating girls and providing financial assistance to women.

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VEERU KOHLI: From bonded labourer to ELECTION HOPEFUL!!

On the top of her election agenda is to end bonded slavery everywhere – a cause close to her heart considering her past. Veeru lived in a small hut in the Hoosri neighbourhood of Hyderabad, along with her family of agricultural workers. Wearing a traditional ghaghra and an armful of bangles like every other Kohli woman, the 47-year-old has come a long way, she explains.

Veero Kolhi Is First Hindu Woman To Contest Elections In Pakistan. She is an active member of Raising Her Voice…

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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 9:29

Sindh Assembly passes domestic violence bill

 International Women’s Day and Aurat Foundation

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 5:37 — 2 Comments

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passes bill!!!

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PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday passed legislation against forced marriage of women under which the violators would face up to seven years imprisonment and Rs500,000 fine or both.

The bill aimed at the elimination of the tradition of ‘Ghag’ was moved by the Provincial Minister for Social Welfare and Women Development, Sitara Ayaz.

When the mover presented the bill containing a punishment of 14 years…

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Posted on January 9, 2013 at 5:13

In a moot trial, parliamentarians asked to do more to protect women

By News Desk

Published: December 7, 2012

In a moot trial on Thursday, a jury of women affected by violence called on parliamentarians to legislate for greater protection for women and better accountability for perpetrators of violence, said a press release.

The moot court, conducted at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts, was convened in a bid to collectively mark 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Girls and Women, an annual campaign that lasts between…

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Posted on December 12, 2012 at 5:42

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At 16:47 on January 6, 2016, Denis Leveques said…

 Good day,
How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very important to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site. Could you please get back to me on my private email(denisleveques11@gmail.com) for the full details?
Have a nice day and God bless you,
Denis

At 10:59 on August 8, 2010, Imran Salim Shahid said…
Dear Asim, many thanks for your kind invitation to join the group. Plz let me know how can I help you?

Love and Blessings
Imran Salim Shahid
Executive Director
IHMWA
At 1:23 on July 10, 2010, Muhammad Iqbal said…
Thanks asim for adding me.
 
 
 

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