KARACHI -  Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has stressed the need for legislation in order to bring an end to violence against women and provide prompt justice to the victims.

In his message on the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women being observed worldwide under the aegis of United Nations on Friday, the PPP chairman said that his party had always struggled for giving equal rights to the women and had taken several steps while in power for the protection and empowerment of women in the society.

“PPP is an equal opportunities party. We gave to the country the first elected female prime minister (also first in the Muslim world), female speakers and ministers; appointed female judges and police officers,” he recalled.

He further said that it was the PPP government that had set up Women Police Stations, and distributed state land among women and launched Benazir Income Support Programme to lift the fair sex out of poverty.  “However, still more has to be done for women rights,” he admitted.

“My party will always lead such initiatives in future too just like it did in the past,” he resolved.

Bilawal said that PPP won't accept any kind of violence against women, adding they were equal partners with men.

“Any attempt to isolate, degrade or deprive women of their rights or any soft or hard encouragement from any quarters to promote violence against them would be vehemently resisted by the PPP,” PPP chairman reiterated.

Bilawal pledged that PPP under him will open up more opportunities for women and they will play an active role in the national life.

He also invited women to join the party in droves in order to ensure their emancipation and empowerment, adding, “PPP is the only political party that gives equal status to women in every sector.”