LAHORE - Speakers at a workshop have stressed the need for commitment for a just, democratic and caring society in Pakistan, where women and men are recognised as equals, with the right to lead their lives with self-respect and dignity.

Aurat Foundation arranged the event yesterday to mark Pakistani Day of Women Rights. Member Women Action Forum and renowned activist Mahnaz Rafi paid tributes to women who started struggle for their rights during Zia-ul-Haq regime.

Executive Director Aurat Foundation Nigar Ahmed said that “12th Feb, remind Pakistani women’s movement’s courage and bravery to fight against violence and discriminatory laws and treatments which are still persistent to this day.

Women Rights Activist and Director AF Mumtaz Mughal said that laws are the reflection of the values of society. Women are struggling for attaining more and more legal protection and empowerment.

Executive Director South Asia Partnership Pakistan Muhammad Tahseen said that status and rights of women is still unchanged. Discriminatory laws exist and women social, political, cultural rights and customary practices continue in every part of Pakistan.

Large number of women from different walk of life participated and expressed their solidarity with defenders facing violence because of their work for promoting human rights.