ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that the Government is determined to empower women of the country by giving them equal rights through social, political, legal and economic measures. Addressing a National Convention of Women Parliamentarians entitled Role of Women Parliamentarians in Peace, Security and Reconciliation on Tuesday, Premier Gilani said the Government had constituted Women Commission of Pakistan besides, the discriminatory laws were being amended. The quota for women in federal services was being enhanced to 10 percent, Prime Minister added. Women Parliamentarians Caucus has organised two-day long convention, which is being attended by the women Parliamentarians of SAARC countries, while from Pakistan, women members of National Assembly, Senate, Provincial Assemblies, Legislative Assembly of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir are also participating in the convention. The Prime Minister said a new law was enacted in the country to protect women against harassment at workplaces, while a bill on domestic violence was also in the process of enactment. Gilani said that the number of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Centers for Women was also being increased to provide immediate relief to the victims of violence. Legislation to enable women to own property and assets was also being formulated. The Prime Minister said the role of women parliamentarians from the SAARC countries was noteworthy to promote peace and reconciliation through dialogue within the region. Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Amad Khan said that the political empowerment of female population was the top priority of Government. He said the Government took the landmark decision to allot state land to women and make them financially stable through Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). Addressing the Convention, Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza said that with over 22 percent representation of women in the National Legislature, Pakistan had earned respectable position according to Inter Parliamentary Unions Graphs. She said that the media and civil society were also playing significant role for the rights of women. Their support in these endeavours is imperative and welcoming. We look forward to a stronger partnership in achieving the goals, set by this Convention, she said. Earlier, Secretary Womens Parliamentary Caucus Nafeesa Shah and Chairperson Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Asma Jahangir also addressed the Convention.