Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar has said that media and civil society should play their respective roles to end the crimes against women in the country and demanded equal opportunities for women in education and employment.
Addressing a seminar titled ‘Women Protection Legislation in Parliament’ here on Friday, she said that there is a dire need to create awareness among public about the rights of women. She said: “Collective efforts are needed for the implementation of laws, which protect women’s right.”
Nilofar Bakhtiar said that acid throwing cases are increasing rapidly in the society and it is a heinous crime, which needs legislation. She said that mature legislation is need of the hour to curb increasing crimes against women. She also said that parliament alone is not responsible for the situation, but it is the responsibility of media and civil society to strengthen efforts for elimination of crimes against women. She said a mechanism should be developed to address this issue.
Nilofar Bakhtiar said that Pakistan is considered among those nations in the world where women participation in different fields of life is low. She said, “With the active participation of women in different fields of life and by giving them their rights we can put Pakistan on the right track of prosperity.”
She said that in order to get support of the bills for protection of women, efforts would be made and in this regard all the social segments would be mobilized.
Other participants emphasised that media should play its role to highlight acid throwing crimes and harassment of women.
Participants said that stories of affected women should be presented on different channels and campaigns should be initiated voluntarily by media to address crimes against women.
Participants agreed that there interaction between media and civil society should be enhanced to create awareness among public to change their mentality.