islamabad - Speakers at a seminar urged government, semi-government and civil society organizations to initiate collective efforts for curbing violence against women from the society.

There is a need to bring change in behaviour for countering the menace of violence against women which could not be done separate rather a collaborative approach to be adopted by all stakeholders at large scale to get results in least possible time. Speakers expressed these remarks at a seminar “International Women Day-Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality” organized by a non-government organization SACH- Struggle for Change. The moot was organized in connection with International Women Day aimed to create awareness on gender equality.

A women rights activist Mastura Astanakzai sharing her remarks highlighted the role of women in Islam. She said our religion has given a number of legal and social rights to women. She stated that now women are showing remarkable performance in various fields but it is imperative that conducive environment should be ensured for them to present their abilities and present their abilities without any discrimination.

Child Psychologist Saima Shakir informed the participants that upbringing of child is a huge responsibility but it could not be possible without cooperation of all family members. She said children hailing from broken families develop a number of complexities and if they are not addressed at early age, they may give disastrous effects on their personalities.

Students of different schools were also asked to share their views on role of gender equality to create awareness and respond their queries and confusions regarding role of men and women in society and especially in families.

Representatives of different civil society organizations, women rights activist, child psychologists and a number of Afghan students participated in the event.