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SIALKOT: Baidarie, an (NGO), Sialkot lauded the efforts of the government of the Punjab for protecting the rights of women. Recent promulgation of the “Violence against Women Act “is a landmark step of historic importance which will go a long way in saving women from violent practices, said Ms Hina Noureen President Baidarie Sialkot while addressing a ceremony held in connection with to celebrate International Day of Women, here on Wednesday. 

Faheem Mirza Coordinator Dastageer Legal Aid Centre for Sialkot said that reaffirming adherence to the principles of human rights and freedoms contained in the international declarations, conventions and other instruments are ratified by Pakistan as set forth in the Constitution and laws of Pakistan is a way to protect women from all sorts of discrimination and violence. He said that firm belief in sanctity of basic Human Rights and Justice for all should form basis of all the actions by state and society. There must be no discrimination and selectivity during administration of justice. 

Muhammad Sharif Ghumman Deputy District Officer Social Welfare demanded all to solemnly pledge for making incessant struggle for promoting access to justice for all citizens of Pakistan, especially the poor and vulnerable populations irrespective of their gender, race, religion and abilities. 

He congratulated Baidarie for its continued struggle to provide “Access to Justice for Vulnerable Populations” through its project being implemented by The Asia Foundation in collaboration with the Insaf Network Pakistan. The project is focused on provision of free legal aid to poor litigants through Dastageer Legal Aid Centres, to those poor and vulnerable people who fell unfortunate victims to heinous crimes of acid attacks, honour killings, forced marriages, rape to discrimination on the basis of sex, religion and their abilities. 

Reflecting the condition of women/girls workers in Prof Arshid Mehmood Mirza Executive Director said that as of now our labour law does not recognize workers in the informal sector as worker in the legal terms. Consequently, the home based women/girls workers are not provided with any legal recourse to seek protection against infringement of their rights. Labour policies (National- 2010 and 2015- Provincial) also do not have clauses leading to the protection of rights of the women/girls workers. 

He added that there are no arrangements in place to listen to the voices of the women/girls workers during policy/decision making processes. 

Having computerized National Identity Cards entitles the holders for employment, admissibility to the social protection schemes and for seeking legal protection in the courts but 60 to 70 percent of the home based women/girls workers do not have these because of non possession of legally acceptable age verification documentation and accessibility/mobility restraints etc. The Nadra functionaries are also not lenient and considerate towards these women/girls. These home based workers do not have information, admissibility and access to the state run social protection and mechanisms and safety-nets hence they have no coverage to face hardships and crisis situation. Prof Mirza made an emphatic appeal to the government to proceed for expedited adoption of Home Based Women Workers’ policy, revision of national and provincial labour policies, necessary legislation and implementation of relevant statutes to bring plausible changes in the employment, working and living conditions of the women/girls workers. 

SIALKOT: Baidarie, an (NGO), Sialkot lauded the efforts of the government of the Punjab for protecting the rights of women. Recent promulgation of the “Violence against Women Act “is a landmark step of historic importance which will go a long way in saving women from violent practices, said Ms Hina Noureen President Baidarie Sialkot while addressing a ceremony held in connection with to celebrate International Day of Women, here on Wednesday. 

Faheem Mirza Coordinator Dastageer Legal Aid Centre for Sialkot said that reaffirming adherence to the principles of human rights and freedoms contained in the international declarations, conventions and other instruments are ratified by Pakistan as set forth in the Constitution and laws of Pakistan is a way to protect women from all sorts of discrimination and violence. He said that firm belief in sanctity of basic Human Rights and Justice for all should form basis of all the actions by state and society. There must be no discrimination and selectivity during administration of justice. 

Muhammad Sharif Ghumman Deputy District Officer Social Welfare demanded all to solemnly pledge for making incessant struggle for promoting access to justice for all citizens of Pakistan, especially the poor and vulnerable populations irrespective of their gender, race, religion and abilities. 

He congratulated Baidarie for its continued struggle to provide “Access to Justice for Vulnerable Populations” through its project being implemented by The Asia Foundation in collaboration with the Insaf Network Pakistan. The project is focused on provision of free legal aid to poor litigants through Dastageer Legal Aid Centres, to those poor and vulnerable people who fell unfortunate victims to heinous crimes of acid attacks, honour killings, forced marriages, rape to discrimination on the basis of sex, religion and their abilities. 

Reflecting the condition of women/girls workers in Prof Arshid Mehmood Mirza Executive Director said that as of now our labour law does not recognize workers in the informal sector as worker in the legal terms. Consequently, the home based women/girls workers are not provided with any legal recourse to seek protection against infringement of their rights. Labour policies (National- 2010 and 2015- Provincial) also do not have clauses leading to the protection of rights of the women/girls workers. 

He added that there are no arrangements in place to listen to the voices of the women/girls workers during policy/decision making processes. 

Having computerized National Identity Cards entitles the holders for employment, admissibility to the social protection schemes and for seeking legal protection in the courts but 60 to 70 percent of the home based women/girls workers do not have these because of non possession of legally acceptable age verification documentation and accessibility/mobility restraints etc. The Nadra functionaries are also not lenient and considerate towards these women/girls. These home based workers do not have information, admissibility and access to the state run social protection and mechanisms and safety-nets hence they have no coverage to face hardships and crisis situation. Prof Mirza made an emphatic appeal to the government to proceed for expedited adoption of Home Based Women Workers’ policy, revision of national and provincial labour policies, necessary legislation and implementation of relevant statutes to bring plausible changes in the employment, working and living conditions of the women/girls workers. 

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