islamabad - Women empowerment is a crucial subject and it is need of the hour that freedom of choice is ensured in society, irrespective of caste and creed.

Talking in a programme aired on PTV, social activists said that women should be given equal access and rights, whether it is health or education. Social activist and a project officer at Aurat Foundation, Fatimah Shah said that the women of the urban areas and working women are having many issues but they should realise that they are the important segment of the society. She said that the women empowerment is something crucial for everyone, especially for those who live with some disability and face some kind of difficulty.

Another social activist Shahana Shah said she feels empowered due to her work as she was exercising her will to deal with matters.

Patron-in-chief of Aurat Foundation and Women entrepreneurship Ammna Malik said that the issue of harassment is everywhere in the world and due to an awareness campaign, this issue can also be tackled. She said the women should contribute by initiating the women empowerment projects and should speak out of any injustice. She said Aurat Foundation is working with the union councils and district councils with the help of local government to deal with the women issues, besides the government is also playing effective role at the National Assembly and Senate.

“Violence against women is a crucial issue and it can be dealt with care. We have started many projects on women issues of equity, health, education and we can be contacted on official website in this regard,” she said.

Our staff reporter from Rawalpindi adds: Women Research and Recourse Centre (WRRC) of Fatima Jinnah Women University organised an event on “16 days of Activism” with the collaboration of a cultural society.

The purpose was to celebrate an event to raise voice along with the activists against gender-based violence. The campaign is conducted every year from 25th November to 10th December.

Vice-Chancellor FJWU Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir was the chief guest of the ceremony, informed varsity spokesman yesterday.

Students of gender studies department presented mime on the theme of women rights.

Hania Khalid, a student of gender studies department also informed the audience through a presentation about the role of youth in ensuring equal opportunities for women of Pakistan.

Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir expressing her views on the occasion said that it is a matter of great honour for FJWU to be involved in such activities. It provides a chance of educating young females about their rights and opportunities to move forward in the society. She further appreciates the efforts of WRRC in spreading awareness in young females regarding this sensitive issue.

In the end, faculty, staff member and students conducted a walk in university and painted their faces orange to symbolically show their solidarity with the activists of violence against women.