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Cabinet body gives its nod to set up authority for women’s rights

Cabinet body gives its nod to set up authority for women’s rights

LAHORE: Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit (Law and Order) initiative of establishing an authority to ensure enforcement of Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2016 was given a nod by the Cabinet Committee on Law and Order.

Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit (Law and Order) proposed establishment of an authority to protect the rights of women under the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2016 and to establish and manage operations of Violence Against Women Centres (VAWC).

The CM approved the idea and referred it to Cabinet Committee on Law and Order headed by the Law minister to vet the proposal and finalize the structure of the Authority.

SMU, which pioneered the idea of VAWC, encompassed all the issues while establishing these centres with regard to dealing with all the different departments and a structure was formalized keeping mind these issues.

The approved Authority will have its own Director General (appointed by Chief Minister) and directorates responsible for finance, administration, procurement, architecture, engineering, enforcement, monitoring and evaluation to oversee all the operations of the centres and enforcement of the Women Protection Act 2016.

AIG women protection post created will be part of the enforcement division and will oversee all the female SPs in all Violence Against Women Centres.The human resource division will be incharge of all hiring at Violence Against Women Centres because the existing staff is not equipped to deal with the state of the art concept.

It was further decided to make new facilities for VAWC in Gujranwala and Faisalabad and satellite units of VAWC in the rest of the districts.

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