HYDERABAD -  Women rights activists terming the violence against women a persistent global issue and a threat to millions of girls and women stressed upon effective implementation on laws aimed at protection and empowerment of women folk.

Talking to APP here on the 'International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women' chairperson All Pakistan Women Association (APWA) Sindh chapter, Begum Almas Zafar, said one of the major challenges to efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide was the substantial funding shortfall. As a result, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking.

She emphasized the need of creating awareness among the women about the  rights, bestowed to them not only in the international charter, but also in the country's Constitution. Majority of the cases of violence against the women were not being reported at the police stations because of lack of confidence or awareness.

, she said and added that effective implementation on the law can guarantee their rights.

She said violence against women affects all groups of women and remains prevalent all over the world; it both reflects and creates gender inequalities, and is one of the worst manifestations of gender-based discrimination.