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80 nations pledge to stop violence against women

BEIJING, September 02 2005: Pakistan joined 80 other countries, pledging to take a firm and consistent position to stop all forms of violence against women.

“Being a signatory to the 27-point declaration adopted by the Women International Conference (WIC) here last evening, Pakistan is committed to follow an action plan to safeguard and uphold the rights of the women”, said Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli here on September 1.

The Minister who represented Pakistan at the Beijing’s conference told newsmen in interview that her country would work actively with the international community, eliminate injustice, and discrimination against women.

Pakistan would continue to participate in all activities at regional and international level to attain the arduous task of gender equality, ensuring fair and equitable rights to all sections of the society, she added. Pakistan government was engaged in developing the country as a moderate, enlightened and progressive state, the minister said, adding, the efforts made by the government for women’s development and empowerment were unprecedented.

The conference Declaration, adopted by about 800 delegates from 80 countries applauded the role and contribution of women to the realisation of equality, development and peace, and recognised their leadership as rich resources and driving forces for development.

It expressed deep concern over obstacles and challenges in the advancement of women, such as persistent poverty, discrimination, violence, armed conflicts, negative impacts of globalisation and non-traditional security issues including HIV/AIDS and environmental degradation.

The declaration noted that women were fundamental and invaluable forces in peace building, conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. It emphasised that broad and sustained efforts must be made based upon our common humanity in all its diversity to ensure that globalisation becomes a positive force for all.

It called for ensuring women’s equal participation in political, economic and social decision-making and strived for the early achievement of gender parity in management both in public and private sectors. The declaration also called for promoting women’s equal participation in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace, security and development.

Source: Business Recorder

Date:9/2/2005

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