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Study released on International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women.

ISLAMABAD -- A study conducted by Women Parliamentary Caucus in collaboration with Aurat Foundation (AF) was released here on Wednesday at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS), in connection with the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The theme for study circle was 'Significance of 16 Days of Activism and Role of Parliamentarians in Elimination of Violence against Women,' which intended to highlight the systemic nature of gender based violence and how women parliamentarians can play an effective role in its elimination.

Parliamentarians who attended the study circle included Dr. Fauzia Hameed MQM, Asia Naz Tanoli PML-N, Mussarat Rafique PPPP, Dr. Shazia Sobia, PPPP, Suraiya Jatui, PPPP, Shahida Rehmani, PPPP, Shakila Luqman Chaudhry, PML-N, Shazia Ashfaq, PML-N, Naseema Hafeez Panezai, PMAP, Munazzia Hasan PTI and former MNA and member Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Dr. Samia Raheel Qazi.

Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA and member Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) briefed the participants on the significance of 16 days of activism and role of parliamentarians in elimination of violence against women.

She said violence against women is not confined to any particular political or economic system, but it is prevalent in every society in the world.

A World Health Organization's report reveals that physical and sexual violence against women affects more than one-third of women globally, she said.

The Constitution of Pakistan under Article 25 (2) states, There shall be no discrimination on the basis of sex alone, however Article 26 (2) observes that Nothing in clause (1) shall prevent the state from making any special provision for women and children.

However, the situation on ground is different,

she said. While elaborating the work of Women Parliamentary

Caucus (WPC), a cross party forum for women parliamentarians,

Ms Aurangzeb said the Caucus has proposed some of the most innovative legislation including the 'National Commission on the Status of Women Act 2012, 'Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Bill, 2011', 'The Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill 2010', 'The Criminal Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act, 2010', and 'The Domestic

Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2009'.

Prof Farkhanda Aurangzeb, Director Coordination and Resource Mobilization, Aurat Foundation, spoke on the significance of 16 Days of Activism, tracing its historical perspective and relating to our own social systems related to attitudes of violence prevalent nationally and globally.

Shahida Akhtar Ali, MNA, concluding the study circle paid tribute to the first women fighter pilot Marriyum Mukhtar, who died in a plane crash during a training flying session on Tuesday.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 26, 2015
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