LAHORE - Minister for Population Welfare Begum Zakia Shahnawaz said that awareness campaign was underway regarding governmental steps for the protection of women rights.

Speaking at a function arranged by Rahnuma Family Planning in connection with International Women Day at Lahore Press Club on Thursday, she said that steps were being taken for eradication of violence against women, transference of inherited property and effective representation of women in local bodies.

The Minister said that government has taken unprecedented steps for bringing women into national mainstream. She said that besides introducing new laws, amendments have been made in some existing laws, due to which women were discharging national and economic responsibilities effectively. She said that amendment in Protection of Working Women Act 2012, Acid Bill, posting of women contractors in women educational institutions, steps for protection of women rights in training courses and new subjects with regard to socio-economic role of women have been introduced in syllabus.

She said that like public sector, quota for women jobs would also be reserved in private sector. She said that 33 percent representation of women has also been declared compulsory in any Board of Governors. She said that a summary of ban on taking hard work from women workers before and after 30 days of delivery has also been approved. She said that draft of policy for home based workers has been sent to Law Department for final opinion. She said that ensuring transfer of inheritance to women and monitoring of harassment campaign was also carried out.

Begum Zakia Shahnawaz visited different stalls setup by women and appreciated the quality of items displayed there.  She also lauded music competition and distributed prizes and shields among the women belonging to various walks of life in recognition to their services.