Women MPs seek end to social, political injustice

Saturday, December 20, 2008
By Asim Yasin

ISLAMABAD: The Women Parliamentary Caucus has adopted a unanimous resolution condemning extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and called for elimination of poverty and ending social, political and economic injustices as remedy for eradicating extremism and terrorism.

The meeting of the Women Parliamentary Caucus, held in the Parliament House on Tuesday under Speaker National Assembly Dr Fahmida Mirza, reviewed the working, problems and achievements of women police force and protection of women rights.

The meeting called for peaceful resolution of all political disputes to reinvigorate the

fight against terrorism and extremism. The resolution also affirmed the commitment to work for peace with women parliamentarians in the region.

It lauded national and political unity in the wake of growing internal and external threats of extremism and militancy and welcomed the restraint shown by the Pakistan government and the steps taken to forge political consensus and to gain international support in dealing with the challenges in the wake of the Mumbai carnage.

The resolution calls upon the Pakistan government to continue to address the issue within the discussion on the subject in parliament.

It urges the Governments of India and Pakistan and the wider international community to work together to curb all forms of extremism and to seek peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues. It stresses that women leaders and representatives in both the countries need to play a proactive role in leading an agenda for peace in the region.

The resolution affirms commitment to work towards peace and to play its role to build bridges with women parliamentarians in the region. It emphasised the dire need for collaborative efforts and joint cooperation to combat terrorism on a sustained basis.

It said there was an urgent need at the level of SAARC to renew regional commitment and dedicate greater resources to combat poverty and underdevelopment, with special focus on women.

It also called for the need to strengthening of SAARC to evolve regional strategies for dealing with threats of terrorism in all its forms and manifestation and raise adequate resources for effective implementation.

The resolution called upon other organisations, including OIC, SCO and ASEAN to strengthen their efforts for the promotion of peace in the region. Meanwhile, addressing the meeting Dr Fahmida Mirza said that the country’s development and prosperity depended on the empowerment of women.

She said that the women had 26% representation in Parliament who should play their role to bring about meaningful change in the fate of womenfolk in the country. She said that meaningful legislation would be made to bring about pragmatic changes in the lives of women in Pakistan.

Briefing the meeting Rehman Malik, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior said that Pakistan was signatory to all international conventions regarding protection of women and children and there were also clauses in our constitution ensuring protection of women’s and children’s rights.

“But still incidents of violence against women and women harassment at work places as well as violation of their rights are quite common,” he added. He said that the government was doing every thing possible to protect women’s rights and eliminate all kinds of gender discrimination.

thenews.com.pk

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