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Published Date: Mar 9, 2018
" These were the views of the speakers at a special seminar on “Recognizing Struggle of Women Leadership”, organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Thursday to mark International Women’s Day.
Senator Sherry Rehman from Pakistan People’s Party said the women have been on the forefront of democratic struggle in Pakistan’s political history. “We have seen the struggle of Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhuttoo and Asma Jahangir, who were the icon of resistance, peace and have been the champions of democracy,” she added. Though our destination is far away but we shouldn’t stop here and keep fighting and continue struggle for just and rights.
Senator Sassui Palijo from Pakistan People’s Party said our policies need to be more gender sensitized. “Strengthening human justice system is need of the hour. it is contingent upon the legislatures to pass legislations and fight for effective implementation. She regretted that we talk more of wars and power politics instead of giving a serious thought to growing poverty, hunger, unemployment and violations of fundamental human rights, especially for women.
Renowned poet, Kishwar Naheed said in old times women used to run into rooms, not for fear, but for hiding themselves to ensure veil (Parda). She said now the time as well as the world has changed and hijab (veil) has become fashion.
Speaking earlier, Mushaal Hussein Mullick, wife of Hurriyat Leader Yasin Malik and Chairperson Peace and Culture Organization on the occasion said that almost every home and woman in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) was subject to either physical or sexual violence. “Now women have taken the leadership role in Kashmir, where the men (husbands, sons, fathers or brothers) were mostly held as prisoners or paralyzed by the Indian Army’s brutal torture,” she said.
Dr. Humaira Ishfaq, Mome Saleem from Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS) and others spoke on the occasion. "