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The Express Tribune

Published Date: Mar 11, 2015

Legislation for special women demanded

ISLAMABAD: Leading social policy analyst and development practitioner, Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri has called for legislation aimed at providing relief to special women in the country, said a press release.

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)’s executive director was addressing a press briefing after a day-long consultation held here at a hotel on Tuesday. The consultation, participated by a number of members of the Council for Women Parliamentarians was facilitated by the institute.

He said that the SDPI would provide technical support in terms of research and drafting of the legislation.

Dr Suleri said that empowering women was empowering humanity, adding that Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) alone was not enough.

SDPI Research Coordinator Mome Saleem said that the number of women parliamentarians had increased, “but we will have to enhance their capacity so that they can make meaningful contribution [to legislation].”

She said that after the 18th Amendment, many reforms or functions being carried out at the federal level were missing at the provincial level.

Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) MNA Ayesha Syed said that punishment to violators of women’s rights should not be delayed.

MQM Senator Nikhat Shakeel asked for visiting and holding discussions with women from remote areas.

Maliha Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MPA from K-P, urged steps for political empowerment of women.

A legislator belonging to MQM lamented that the number of women in the Sindh cabinet were reduced.