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Government urged to repeal all discriminatory laws against women

FAISALABAD:Training Workshop on Women’s Rights Education at Malkhanwala Fourth Training workshop regarding “Community Education for Women Rights” has demanded of government to repeal discriminatory laws and remove lacunas and loopholes in the legal system promoting violence against women.

The workshop was organised by the Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (Awam) at Chak No 225 R. B. Malkhanwala, Faisalabad in which 28 male and female participants of 13 union councils of Madina Town belonging to different religions had participated.

The purpose of the workshop was to highlight the different customary practices, discriminatory laws and traditions that restrict the womenfolk to participate in mainstream of development and sensitise the communities regarding violence against women.

The resource persons of the workshop were Shazia George (Programme Officer), Nazia Sardar and Zafar Iqbal. The content of the workshop included “Fundamental Rights in Constitution of Pakistan, violence against women, gender based discrimination, discriminatory laws, traditions and customary practices”.

The facilitators of the workshop condemned the discriminatory behaviours of the society and state towards women and minorities that inhibit them to play their role actively in the mainstream of development.

While discussing about the violence against women they said, “There exists many lacunas and loopholes in the legal system that are the root cause in promotion of violence against women in society and also defending the customary practices too”. It is recommended that State should repeal all discriminatory laws and ban the discriminatory customs and traditions that humiliate the humanity.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:4/22/2009

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