‘Women Empowerment Policy implementation’ workshop organized
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Social Welfare Department (KP-SWD) organized a consultation workshop titled “Women Empowerment Policy implementation” to remove grey areas from the policy so that to provide a safe and healthier workplace environment to women. The workshop was attended by Provincial Anti-Harassment Ombudsperson Rakhshanda Naz, Member Provincial Assembly Aisha Bano, Sajida Haneef, Zeenat Bibi among other officials from various government departments. Social Welfare Department Gender Specialist Sayeda Nudrat while addressing the workshop said that after assessment of baseline study in various government departments, it is the time to review and reset the timeline for the implementation of the policy. She stated that all the focal persons from various departments have been notified for implementation of the policy. Speaking at the workshop, provincial Ombudsperson Rakhshinda Naz said that the policy is designed to empower women and to provide them with their due rights given by the constitution. She added that the implementation of the policy would ensure women’s active participation in institutions. The participants of the workshop were informed that under the policy, awareness campaigns on women’s rights would be arranged on different levels, and would include a chapter on women protection against violence in textbooks. Similarly, measures would be taken to provide women and girls with opportunities to entertainment, sports and travel facilities. Similarly, awareness-raising campaigns on the role and rights of women would be arranged for positive societal change on various platforms, while political parties would be obliged to provide at least five percent of seats to women in elections. – APP