LAHORE - Like the other parts of the world, the International Womens Day was observed in Pakistan on Tuesday. In this regard, women rights activists organized rallies and seminars in the provincial metropolis. Women Workers Help Line organized a rally from GPO Chowk to Charring Cross Lahore to mark the day. Hundreds of working class women participated in this rally to demand quick steps by the government to stop all form of Violence against Women. During the rally participants displayed play cards and chanted slogans highlighting their issues and demanding their rights. On the occasion, the speakers including Azra Shad, Riffat Maqsood, Farooq Tariq, Razia Ansari, Yasmeen Niamat, Kaneez Fatima, Rabiya Shad and Shameem Aslam said the constitution of Pakistan accepted equal rights for all citizens and rejected any discrimination on the basis of gender but still discriminatory laws were existed and as a result women in Pakistan were facing insecurity, economic dependence and lack of education facilities. They said traditionally Pakistani women were considered subordinate to the male and this remained a prominent feature both in the rural and the urban areas. Violence against women is a manifest and incontrovertible fact in Pakistan. Deep-rooted biases against women, derived from patriarchal and stereotypical attitudes, continue to have a very negative impact on womens lives, they added and said the problems that women face range from domestic violence, sexual abuse, murder, dowry related violence, harassment in the workplace, mobility restriction, honour killing, forced marriages, Watta Satta (exchange marriages) social status and economic deprivation. They demanded quick steps should be taken to stop all forms of violence against women. Chanan Delopment Association (CDA) in collaboration with Khwaja Rafique Shaheed Foundation and Global Fund for Children celebrated IWD by organizing interactive dialogues through theatre at Qurban Degree College and Muslim League House, Lahore Cantt. The event started with the theatre performance of Chanan Theatre Group in which the group showed different forms of discrimination that prevails in the society and also highlighted the role of women and men for the social and economic development of the women. Muhammad Shahzad Khan while talking on the occasion highlighted that the women particularly young women of the rural areas of Pakistan were suffering from the gender discrimination and violence even in this modern era. He shared that a total of 4069 incidence of violence were registered from January to June 2010, out of which 2690 violence cases were reported from Punjab, 940 from Sindh, 342 from KPK, 56 from Baluchistan and 41 from Islamabad while there were many more incidence which were un-reported. He concluded it is need of the hour to sensitize and educate both male and female about womens rights for real women empowerment in Pakistan. Advisor to CM Punjab Saba Sadiq, Ghazala Saad, Shumaila Salman and Nafisa Amin were of the view that economic empowerment of women was imperative particularly in this era. Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) in collaboration with Allama Iqbal Medical College/Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, World Heart Federation, Pakistan Cardiac Society, Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Lahore Press Club and GO-Red organized a general public awareness program at Alhamra Arts Council. A seminar titled 'Brutality on Indian forces on Kashmiri Women was held at Kashmir Center which was addressed members Punjab Assembly Naseem Lodhi, Dr Nabeela Tariq and others. The speakers highlighted the sacrifices of Kashmiri women for freedom. They were of the view that the sacrifices of Kashmiri women would not go in vain and one day they would get freedom from India. Another report adds: Islam teaches equal rights as well as complete protection to a woman in the Muslim society as women offer their duties well in all spheres of life, including law and its relevant organizations. These views were expressed by LHC Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry while addressing a function held on the Lahore High Court premises in relation with the Womens International Day. The function was arranged on Tuesday by the Supreme Court Bar Association. The CJ said: As many as 67 woman judges have been selected on merit in recent competition examination to choose new civil judges. The women as female judges are offering their duties across the Punjab in the family courts. The Chief Justice added that female lawyers are also fighting cases of their client at higher courts (public) in a better way as compared to past. He urged upon the NGOs and Bar Associations to play their role to improve the system of exchange marriages (watta satta) as well as law of inheritance. Supreme Court Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said that women would have to get education and work hard for winning proper place and status in life, saying womens status and way of life would be improved in a batter way with the passage of time thus. LHC retired Justice Nasira Javed said on the occasion that tradition of appointing female judges at higher courts should have been continued. Supreme Court Bar Association President Asma Jahangir said that women should be encouraged through their representation in prosecution department, higher courts inclusive high courts and Supreme Court so that they could play their important role also for the betterment of society. Female lawyers namely Shamsa Ali, Firdos Butt, Shaista Qaisar and a civil judge Ayesha Khalid also spoke on the occasion. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, in his message on the International Womens Day, said the judiciary was always with the womenfolk vis-a-vi their legal rights. The CJP conveyed his message through Justice Saqib Nisar of the Supreme Court. Justice Nisair quoted the CJP as saying: The judiciary will give all out help to women of this country and eradicate all sort of discrimination against them at the hands of men. Meanwhile, Coinciding with International Womens Day, Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) organized an evening 'Bethak with legendary singer Nasawwur Khanum at Aiwan-e-Iqbal here on Wednesday. On the occasion, all time heart throb, Madam Tasawwur Khanum, who has given international fame to Pakistani music, sung her celebrated film hits, folksongs and ghazals. Artists who acted on her songs in films showed their presence and grace the tribute. The fans of distinguished singer from all over Pakistan showed their enthusiasm on her coming back. She performed on PTVs programme 'Raat Gai and after so many years she performed live in Lahore. On the occasion, DG PNCA Tauqeer Nasir, Javed Raza, Asad Kishor, Rafaqat Ali Khan and others were present. Lahore College for Women Universitys Department of Gender & Development Studies celebrated the International Womens Day on Tuesday. The students performed different activities including poems, dialogue, speeches and presentation. Two different plays were performed in the function. One by the students of Department of Gender and Development Studies while the other by a group of home based workers Women Workers Help Line is an organisation with the mission to create awareness among women, enabling them to play their effective role in political, economic and social arena in promoting and strengthening democratic and gender sensitised culture in Pakistan. Ms Sarah Shahid, head of the gender & development studies department, in her address highlighted the importance of international womens day. The students who participated in the program, were awarded appreciation certificates by Dr Hamala Khalid, Dean of Humanities, Islamic & Oriental learning and ms Ambreen representative of Actionaid Pakistan. Convener Awami Inqlabi Ittehad Asif A. Sheikh Tuesday has said women should launch a movement to end repression against them and liberate other oppressed people as well. He expressed these views in a general body meeting organised by four left-wing political parties to commemorate the International Women day at the Ittehad office. While addressing to the meeting, General Secretary of the Ittehad Syeda Jawaria observed that the independence of women was dependent upon the economic liberty of men, and females should strive to end the male domination.