ISLAMABAD - The State Bank of Pakistan has issues instructions to all the banks to comply with the 'Protection Against Harassment of Women at Work Place Act 2010" and therefore display the code of conduct and establish specific committees to address these complaints within their premises.
This was informed at meeting of National Implementation Watch Committee formed on the instructions of the Prime Minister on the platform of National Commission on the Status of Women which met for its second meeting in Islamabad Tuesday.
The aim of the committee was to oversee the implementation process of the anti-sexual harassment legislation passed in March 2010 by the current government.
An update on the progress of implementation process was given.
It was discussed that Higher Education Commission has been committed to this process and has already been working on guidelines for all the universities of the country.
They have worked with the Implementation Watch Committee to ensure compliance with the new law.
Their guidelines will be disseminated to all the universities within a month.
Some of the private sector companies like ICI, Engro, Lever Brothers, Telenor, Lakson, and hotels like Serena and Marriott had their people trained by AASHA and have shown high level of commitment to take the agenda forward.
Among the government the PM Secretariat, Planning Commission and the Establishment Division are taking the lead in getting the law implemented in the federal government.
Out of 44 federal ministries 31 have complied with the law however, thirteen have still not done that despite the instructions of the PM.
One hundred and twenty trainers were trained by AASHA in various sectors like government organizations, private sector, academia, media and law enforcing agencies to prepare resource persons who would then conduct awareness raising sessions in their own sectors.
The chair, Dr Fouzia Saeed appreciated that the provinces are now getting into the momentum and Punjab and Sindh governments have already initiated actions for implementation within the provincial departments and at the district level.
However, she said that after the initial impetus the work needs to go on for sustained impact.
IA Rehman, Director Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, appreciated the work done so far by the members and said, We should build on the positive work that has already been done.
Ehsan Sadiq, from Islamabad police said that the police is planning to have three lady complaint cells and are thinking of other strategies to get the mindset changed.
Taking about the passage of the rules and establishment of the ombudsperson, Ministry of Women was requested to expedite the process.
The meeting was attended by members like, Omar Hameed Khan, PM Secretariat, representatives of other departments/ministries like Auditor Generals Office, Womens Ministry and FBR.
Others included representatives of Pakistan Business Council, AASHA members and Deputy MD of Pakistan Television Shahid Mehmood Nadeem.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 08-Sep-2010 here.