Lahore : PTI Women Wing Punjab Commemorated Women’s Day and arranged a seminar. Dr Nasira Javed was the Chief Guest. The event, held at the LSO office, was very well attended by members of PTI women wing and guests from different walks of life.
The PTI leaders highlighted the importance of the International Women’s Day celebration while the Chief Guest gave a comprehensive talk on the role Pakistani women are playing and their contribution in non-traditional fields and professions.
Senior PTI Member Shamsa Ali, advocate, brought to light the importance of encouraging and ingraining self respect of women in society. In her address, she specially discussed the contribution of women in the informal labour sectos like the Home Based Workers and Domestic workers. She said that women form about 85% of this vital sector.
Shamsa Ali underlined the need for the Ratification of the ILO’s Conventions on Home Based Workers and Domestic Workers. This would facilitate the legislation of laws for the recognition of these women as workers under the Labour Laws of Pakistan and provide social security etc. for this extremely marginalized sector consisting mainly of women and children.
She also highlighted that the crimes against women has increased and that though laws have been legislated, their implementation remain absent and due to lack of any effective mechanism, due to the callous apathy on the part of the successive governments.
Sadia Sohail ,MPA general secretary PTI, informed the audience of PTI’s demand for the implementation of Women Protection law (bill) in the Assembly. This law will safeguard security of women, which has so far been avoided by those who have been in government. PTI’s support for such a law was appreciated.
Sarah Ahmed, Manager Media gave a presentation on the developments in KPK by PTI Government, highlighting initiatives taken which affect women.
Giving her concluding remarks Saloni Bokhari, highlighted the achievements of the KPK government. By comparison the previous two governments in KPK were unable to bring about any positive reforms regarding the law and order and security situation in the province. This is an uphill task given the political baggage we have inherited. However, PTI is determined to change the situation and has already begun by working to establish a good policing system.
The Health and Education reforms are gender tolerant and are being carefully monitored to benefit women. With special regard for women, she said PTI in their manifesto has stressed special importance to the meaningful empowerment of women through education, provision of security for the mobility of women and right to succession of property etc.