Political Science Society
The society was established in 1970 with the
objective to achieve students' participation in academics
and co-curricular activities. The society organizes seminars
and conferences on various issues and topics and invites
eminent scholars from home and abroad to deliver lectures on
current domestic, regional and global issues.
News & Events
‘Protection of women is not an
at a seminar on women’s rights at the Government College University
Lahore have said that ‘’protection of women is not an anti-men act”,
rather it would ensure the prosperity of Pakistan through equal
participation of both the genders in the economic and social
development of the country.
Addressing the seminar
organised by the university’s Quaid-e-Azam Political Science Society
in connection with the International Women’s Day celebrations,
Salman Sufi, the Senior Member of Chief Minister’s Special
Monitoring Unit (SMU) on Law and Order, clarified that the Punjab
government is considering no amendment to the Punjab Protection of
Women against Violence Act (PPWVA) 2016. However, he mentioned, that
if there are any conclusive recommendations by the Ulema or law
experts, the Bill could be further strengthened for the protection
of women. Salman Sufi said that the PPWVA is not anti-men but
anti-violence. “The word man has never been used in the Bill
contrary to the propaganda against it,” he added. He said that the
Women Protection Bill was laid before the Punjab Assembly after
eight-month deliberations with male and female MPAs of all the
political parties of Punjab including Jamaat-i-Isalmai, PTI and
Pakistan Peoples’ Party. The SMU senior member said that the
government should not sit silent when violence against women is
increasing, and the conviction rate for such cases is very low.
Contrary to the propaganda that the Act would negatively impact
marriages, he said, it would assist in mediation and resolution of
disputes. Salman Sufi said the PPWVA stands out from previously
passed bills as it also provided expeditious civil remedies to the
victims of violence which included residence and monetary orders. He
briefed students about the Act and answered their queries in detail.
Punjab Advisor on Population
and Welfare Mrs Zakia Shahnawaz said men and women are equal; and
men criticizing the PPWVA are needed to understand it. She said the
Punjab government is committed to provide all rights and protection
to women. However, she asked the female students to acquire maximum
education, saying that it would be their real power and strength.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr
Hassan Amir Shah, appreciating the government for aggressively
working for women rights, said that women should not only be
protected – they must also be empowered and encouraged to work
shoulder to shoulder with men for the progress and prosperity of
their country. He said a person, who resorts to violence on a woman,
is not a man.
GCU Political Science
Department Chairman Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said all the propaganda
against the Act is seemed to be politically motivated. “It is for
the first time that a law comprehensively provides protection
through an in-built implementation mechanism to ensure speedy
justice to women victims of violence,” he said. He also said further
steps are needed be taken by the government to provide equal
opportunities to women.
Speaking on the occasion,
Hafsa Sohail Rathore, a student of English literature, said
according a UN report, 70 percent of world’s men women experience
physical violence which means women across the globe – from the
streets of New York to the slums of Pakistan are vulnerable to this
appalling violence. She said women are like flame of a candle not
the darkness under it!
The seminar was followed by
an on-campus awareness walk about women’s rights which was led by
Prof Shah and Salman Sufi. A quiz competition about the achievements
of the women was also part of the seminar.