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Quaid-e-Azam Political Science Society

 

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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.

 

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‘Protection of women is not an anti-men act’

 

Speakers 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.

 

 (15-03-2016)

 

 

 


 

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