Islamabad - The Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights organised a two-day consultative workshop on Public Awareness on Human Rights in Islamabad.

The overall objective of the workshop was to develop Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material for public awareness programme on promotion and protection of human rights. More than 50 participants from government departments, civil society organisations, media agencies, academia and lawyers community attended the workshop and shared their comments and recommendations.

Muhammad Arshad, Director General, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights, while speaking on the occasion, emphasised the need to develop effective awareness material by using tools which are easy to understand, relevant to communities, powerful in its content and familiar to local environment of communities.

He further stressed that attitudinal change for the realisation of human rights could only be possible through reaching masses at the grass-root level by involving family, community, institutions and society at large. He hoped that participants would share their knowledge, experiences and translate them into IEC material for bringing attitudinal change in the society for promotion and protection of human rights.

Chief Guest Humera Azam Khan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights in her key note address shared that the government is committed to promote and protect human rights and a number of initiatives are underway to create conducive environment for realisation of the human rights.

Rukhsana Omer, Assistant Director, Human Rights, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights acted as Focal Person of the Programme. The participants of the workshop at the end developed public awareness material on promotion of the rights of various segment of population, including women, children, minorities, persons with disabilities and marginalised people.