Islamabad - The ministry of law, justice and human rights in collaboration with gender studies department of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi organised a seminar on human rights education at the campus.

The overall objective of the seminar was to give orientation to university students on human rights issues and Pakistan’s national and international obligations as well as initiatives taken for realisation of human rights in the country. A large number of students along with faculty members participated in the seminar.

The seminar commenced with welcome remarks by Zulfiqar Ali Jhammat, deputy director ministry of law, justice and human rights, followed by address of Tehmina Yaqoob, a lecturer at FJWU. Arif Shamim, director (social welfare) Capital Administration & Development Division (CA&DD), briefed the participants about the challenges and prospects in realisation of the rights of vulnerable segments of the society i.e. women, children, minorities, persons with disabilities and senior citizens etc. 

He highlighted the importance of information sharing to create awareness among general public and duty bearers on fundamental rights and human rights related laws to meet the challenges. While speaking on the occasion Haroon Hussain, program manager Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), highlighted the role of civil society and media in promotion and protection of human rights.  Khaola Batool, assistant director, ministry of law, justice & human rights, briefed the participants about government of Pakistan’s international commitments in the field of human rights. Dr Rukhsana Hassan, head of gender studies department, FJWU, spoke on the role of academia for promotion of human rights as well as various issues faced by women.

Prof Dr Naheed Zia Khan, dean social sciences, Fatima Jinnah Women University, during her concluding remarks acknowledged the role of the ministry of law, justice and human rights for leading the seminar and stressed for conducting similar programmes for sensitisation of students of all the departments. Rukhsana Omer, assistant director of ministry of law, justice and human rights, acted as focal person of the programme.