KARACHI - Pakistan lacked in implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as incidents of violence against women are increasing in the country. Various laws confronting the international convention need to be declared null and void immediately and pass fresh legislation for women’s rights.‘Pakistan NGO Alternative report on CEDAW 2012’, which was launched by the Aurat Foundation during a gathering held at a local hotel on Tuesday, the politicians and human rights activists emphasised the government to make more pro-women laws to end all kind of inequality against them. Former senator and ruling PPP’s provincial general secretary Taj Haider, Maliha Zia, Maysooma Syed, Mehnaz Rehman, Rubina Birohi advocate while sharing their views demanded  of the government to declare all the existing laws null and void, which come in confrontation with the international conventions singed by the Pakistan and make fresh legislation for gender equity.Maliha Zia of Aurat Foundation while sharing the salient features of the shadow report of the Pakistan NGOs on CEDAW, which according to her, will be sent to the government of Pakistan as well as presented to the United Nations during its convention to be held on February 12, 2013 to gauge the performance of the countries in implementation on CEDAW in Geneva. According to the report, no positive actions have been taken by the Pakistan as signatory of CEDAW to protect women from violence within the criminal justice system neither any action has been taken against perpetrators of such violence within the system.  Citing the general recommendation of the report, Maliha Zia said that the all kinds of violence have been increasing against women. Though, laws passed addressing different forms of Violence against Women have a number of gaps, although it must be noted that the Protection of Women Act 2006 has been one of the laws which has had a positive impact. Other pro-women laws including the 2004 and 2011 have not been implemented properly and this weak implementation has resulted in impunity for perpetrators, besides other important laws such as the DVB have not yet been passed despite commitments to do so, report noted, recommending that there needs to be an increased focus on collection of gender disaggregated data on all matters, while necessity of data collection on VAW through systematic, widespread survey forms in order to get a proper representation of the female population.Pakistan NGOs’ shadow report on CEDAW finds flaws in the Pakistan’s declaration on the CEDAW Convention, recommending that CEDAW must be incorporated into Pakistani law in order for it to have legal implications and applicability.The shadow report noted that Pakistani laws continue to discriminate against women directly, which include Ctizenship Act, Qanun e Shahdat and indirectly PPC, Crpc.Indicating the flaws and loopholes in the existing system and laws, the NGOs’ shadow report stated that weak institutional link between Ministry of women development and NCSW hampered function of NCSW, besides adequate budgets, resources not allocated to current set up of Ministry of Human Rights at federal and Women Development Departments in Provinces.According to report, harmful anti-women customary practices continue unabated despite existing laws, besides there is lack of knowledge, understanding of new laws and positive interpretations of older provisions which makes it difficult to effectively implement the law on the ground level.The report added that different modes of trafficking including forced marriages, child marriages, bonded labour, child labour are not recognized and dealt with in any law, besides data collection on trafficking is weak and not integrated into other institutionsThere is little or no focus on protecting, rehabilitating and repatriation of victims of trafficking. The report noted the weak legislation, inadequate resources, lack of political will and compartmentalization has been a major barrier in combating human trafficking in Pakistan.The report sees the increased number of women in Parliament as positive step but need to appoint women on senior position in political parties. But the women voters declined in 2008 elections, prohibition for women voting in certain areas and lack of Government response, lack of disaggregated data in elections, lack of women in higher judiciary, gender sensitization to be given to court and police station staff alongside lawyers, judges, and police, Regular and constant sensitization activity, report noted. Besides, budget allocation for health and education also low, which affecting the lives of women, report argued. Report unveiled that at least 79 per cent of agricultural work is done by rural women compared to 63 per cent rural men but women are neither recognised as farmers nor any strategy being formulated by the government. The report stated that the guardianship laws do not recognize the mother as a natural guardian and issues arise when a mother re-marries, adoption is not recognized under Muslim and Pakistani law, which need to change the law.Report also touched the religious minorities, stating that lots of cases of forced conversion of religion of Hindu girls occurring unabated.PPP leader Taj Haider said that he had written a letter to the chief of Parliamentary committee for constitutional reform Raza Rabbani to declare null and void all the laws come in confrontation with the international convention signed and ratified by the Pakistan.  He said the conspiracies being hatched to roll back the devolution passed to the provinces under 18th amendment in the constitution.Iqbal Detho of SPARC, Amarnath Lal and Asad Butt of HRCP, Hassan Shaikh of law department and others also spoke on this occasion.