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Women rights activists call for protection to field workers

HYDERABAD: A large number of women activists staged protest demonstrations to condemn the killing of vaccination workers in Karachi and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday. They demanded providing protection to the women workforce.

The organisers included Sindhiani Tehreek, Aurat Foundation, Women Action Forum (WAF) and others. They were led by Umra Samo, Amar Sindhu and others.

The rallies commenced from different areas and gathered outside Hyderabad Press Club, where representatives of around 50 women groups and civil society activists expressed solidarity with the LHWs of the country, who are now under threat.

Addressing a public gathering Amar Sindhu, a writer and teacher, said extremists are targeting women vaccinations workers, who are struggling to administer polio drops to save the lives of minor children. But, she said, certain extremists want to thwart the move of vaccination that should be widely condemned.

Hari worker Punhal Sario said Karachi, after the northern areas of the country, became the hub of extremists who are targeting innocent people. He said it proves failure of the state to ensure protection to the innocent citizens, especially the LHWs.

The women participants travelled from Tando Allahyar, Benazirabad (Nawabshah), Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan and Hyderabad districts. They carried banners and placards and shouted slogans against the extremists, demanding the government to provide security to the LHWs in Karachi and other cities. Umra Samo, Musarrat Haseen Shah, Jabbar Bhatti and others also spoke on the occasion.

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