KARACHI: Executive Director Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) Karamat Ali said implementation of existing laws about women should be ensured rather than introducing new ones.
Most of women in interior Sindh are facing domestic violence, he said at a seminar on ‘Role of youth in diminution of gender-based injustice’, organised by Foundation for Research and Human Development (FRHD). He said there was a dire need of coping with the issues of domestic violence and gender inequality against women. Ex-judge Sindh High Court and Director Karachi Centre for Dispute Resolution Dr Zafar Sherwani said our society, including civil society members and writers had failed to provide security to women because they were just writing about women issues, but there was need for practical work for providing security to women. Justice (r) Majida Rizvi said fundamental rights for women have not been implemented as our society considers women as just born for household work. Besides, they were also not given education facility.
Members of Children Youth Parliament Babar Ali and Bakhtawar Jameel delivered speech debate on ‘Role of youth in diminution of gender-based injustice.’ Executive Director FRHD Nazra Jahan, Imamuddin, students of different schools including Kotwal Building Boys Secondary School and Ranchore Line Boys Secondary School were also present on the occasion. Imam-ud-Din Shoqeen a farmer Minister of Sindh Cabinet said only women were not discriminated in society, every weak segment was vulnerable and victimised.
Shoqeen suggested parents should keep close and friendly interaction with their children so they might share their grievances with parents. Shah Jahan Baloch provincial director of Actionaid said Pakistan was signatory of Convention of Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and it was its obligation to eliminate such discrimination. Justice (retd) Zafar Sherwani said there was no lack of laws against gender and social discrimination, still discrimination was even increasing in practical, as there was lack of implementation. From 1938 to 2013 laws exist there on all issues but there is no remedy, he said. Iqbal Detho a civil society activist said injustices and discrimination were not the issues of these days only but they were persistent in old societies as well.