ISLAMABAD - The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) was given award jointly by World Movement for Democracy and Mehergarh in a ceremony held at PNCA in connection with National Working Women’s Day.

The award was given in recognition for extraordinary efforts to promote the compliance of anti-sexual harassment legislation in the organisation. This was stated in a press release issued here. Such implementation of laws helped NADRA to provide a peaceful and secure work environment, which is free of incidents of sexual harassment at workplaces.

Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik appreciated the efforts of all members of Nadra Anti-Harassment Committee on this achievement. Chairperson of the Committee, Fizzah Shahid, said that this achievement was not possible without the support and commitment of top management and unremitting assistance of Mehergarh.

The Nadra has been endeavouring to empower Pakistani women by providing basic rights as enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan and has adopted a fair and equal employment policy to empower the women in every walk of life. About 2124 female employees in NADRA are playing a pivotal role in registering the citizens all over the country.

On the special directives of Chairman Tariq Malik, Nadra has set up sixteen exclusive NRCs and more than four mobile registration vans (MRVs) for women only across the country. The exclusive centres have all women staff from top level to bottom.

Nadra takes pride in increasing women registration by more than 80 per cent during the last three years. This hallmark been achieved because Fridays have been designated for women registration days on which only women’s identity card processing is supposed to be entertained.

Women formed around 51 per cent of the population and are the vital segment of the society and progress without their unhindered participation in all spheres of national life could not be made. It is imperative that they should earn a respectable place in society.

It was stated that women working in Nadra have proved that they are as competent as men, only they need secure and fair environment where they can apply their knowledge, skills, education and intelligence. The spokesperson of Nadra said in a press statement issued that the authority encourages its women employees to take part in all departmental activities irrespective of gender discrimination and raise their voices against workplace harassment and inform Anti-Harassment Committee against such advances to ensure speedy justice. Committee is strictly working on the principles of zero tolerance policy and never tolerate harassment in any form. NADRA has conducted comprehensive training session programs throughout the country with an aim of empowering women at all levels.  Moreover these training sessions have also created deterrence and focused on prevention of sexual incidences.