Ending violence against women ‘crucial’ for peaceful society, say religious scholars

Statesman Report

PESHAWAR: Religious scholars from different schools of faith stressed that it was "crucial” to end violence of all kinds against women in order to build a peaceful society and maintain interfaith harmony, a press statement by EVAW Alliance KP and UN Women said on Tuesday.

The scholars were attending a dialogue, jointly organised by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) office of UN Women and the EVAW Alliance KP, to observe the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The scholars also signed a declaration condemning gender-based violence and vowed to spread awareness in their respective communities to put an end to the practice.

They also acknowledged that while any individual can be a victim of GBV, in Pakistan, women, "being the most vulnerable segment of society and deprived of their basic rights”, were more likely to face such violence, followed by members of the transgender community. The scholars emphasised that it was the state’s responsibility to protect the vulnerable sections of society. ��A��A