LAHORE – Seminars, workshops and walks, at the government as well as private level, will be organised in the City in connection with the International Women’s Day to raise awareness about women’s rights. The day is being celebrated on Thursday (today).

The presence of evil customs such as marriages with the Holy Quran, deprivation of the right to inheritance and other forms of exploitation will be highlighted at these events. The global theme for this year’s Day is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.” The national theme, however, is “Legislations for Protecting Women’s Rights.” It is an occasion for looking back to the past struggles and accomplishments and, more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.

Addressing a seminar by Minhajul Quran Women League on Wednesday, Dr Tahirul Qadri said those making hue and cry over the women’s rights should know that Islam conferred 1400 years ago, while west gave right to franchise to women in 1929. Fatima Quratul Ain said that Islam has given prestige and honour to women in every role as a mother, daughter, wife, and sister. She said that the women are free to contribute to national development in accordance with the teachings of Islam. Noshaba Zia said that veil was not a hindrance in the way of women’s progress. She said that rather it was a protector and facilitator helping her to play her role confidently. 

In a message on the International Women’s Day, Fiza Batool Gilani, daughter of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, said that national theme for this year’s Day could not be more befitting as the present regime introduced a number of bills to protect rights of women. “Whether it is ‘Prevention of anti-Women Practices Act, 2008’ or ‘Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Act, 2011’ or ‘Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2010’ or ‘Women’s Commission Bill, 2012’ or ‘Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Bill, 2012’, each of these legislative measures has touched upon those problem areas which had long been hindrances in the way of women’s self-realization and their self-actualization,” she said.

In a message, Dr Guido Sabatinelli, the WHO Country Representative in Pakistan, said, “This day is significant to appreciate and acknowledge achievements as well as struggles of women as agents of change to improve their social status, lives, communities and health.