By Bolan Tribune’s Staff Reporter
QUETTA: The Parliamentary Secretary for Women Development, Ms. Mah Jabeen Shirani said that provincial government is sensitive enough to the issues of gender discrimination and domestic violence against women and steps are on cards to empower women in the province.
She said that implementation on various laws is being made for protection of rights of the women in the province.
This and similar views were expressed by the Parliamentary Secretary for Women while addressing a ceremony organized to mark the International Women’s Day in Quetta on Monday.
The event was organized by the Women Development Department, Government of Balochistan in collaboration with the UN Women, UNHCR, FAO and other organizations working for the rights of women.
Ms. Mah Jabeen Shirani on the occasion regretfully pointed out that the women lack awareness and information about their due rights, which is the main cause of violation of their rights.
However, the government is working on prevention of gender discrimination and domestic violence against women in the province. For the purpose, legislation has been made so that the incidents of gender discrimination and violence against women are reduced, she maintained.
Referring the initiatives taken and being taken by the government for the women, Ms. Mah Jabeen Shiran said that women empowerment centers are being established in 10 districts of the province.
Similarly, government has approved the women hostel for residence of the working women in Quetta while on the other hand, we also have plan to construct women friendly toilets in the metropolis.
She also said that the government has also been taking steps for establishment of an Endowment Fund for women in the province.
Moreover, a women helpline has also been developed for registration of complaints of the women in the province. The women can register their complaints on 1089 regarding gender discrimination and violence against them besides any other issue, she mentioned.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Women Development also pointed out towards the issues being faced by the transgender community besides the women.
She said that the transgenders are also part of our society and as such their issues must be resolved as well.
The Member Provincial Assembly, Sanaullah Baloch also addressed the ceremony. In his speech, he pointed out towards the sorry state of the women particularly those from the rural community in the province.
He said that the mortality ratio among the women during pregnancy and delivery is the highest in Balochistan among all the provinces of country.
He also noted with concern that at least one million girls are deprived of education in the province. He said that the policies lack for the rights of the women particularly in the health and education sectors.
He said that the women also don’t have opportunities of employment even after acquiring education.
The UN Women’s representative, Ms. Ayesha Wadood and others also addressed the ceremony.
In the end, a cake was also cut as part of the celebrations of World Women’s Day.