ISLAMABAD (APP) - Acting President Dr Fehmida Mirza on Tuesday said no society can progress without the participation of women in all walks of life, and stressed the need for adopting measures to end violence against women. The Acting President was speaking at the launching of campaign card on 'Say no to violence against Women' organised by United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in commemoration with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, at Aiwan-e-Sadar here. Dr Mirza said the democratic government was committed to the empowerment of women and protection of women's rights, adding that legislation to protect women from domestic violence and harassment at workplace was on the cards. She said that November 25 holds a special significance for women around the globe since it has been dedicated to the memory of three sisters of the Dominican Republic, who opposed a dictator and sacrificed their lives. She said heroic tale of the three sisters has a sticking similarity to the gallant struggle of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto who lived for her people and laid her life for their freedom. She mentioned Benazir Income Support Programme for the empowerment of women in rural areas. The Acting President said creation of Women's Parliamentary Caucus with an objective to protect rights and status of Pakistani women, is a milestone in the history of women rights in Pakistan. She said through this Caucus, the 76 women MNAs will endeavor to protect women rights and make their voice heard louder and clear in the corridors of power. The Acting President said as the patron of Women Parliamentary Caucus, she felt tremendous responsibility to seek a just and secure environment for the women, enabling them to contribute to their fullest for the development and progress of country. Country Programme Director of UNIFEM, Alice Harding Shackelford said women issues in Pakistan needed greater attention, and lauded the policies initiated by the government for the protection of women rights and empowerment. Earlier, the Acting President signed the UNIFEM card 'Saying No to Violence against Women' and launched the 16-day campaign. Acting Speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi, Senator Raza Rabbani, Mrs Farzana Raja, Sardar Izrar Tareen, Rukhsana Bungash and Nuzhat Sadiq also signed the UNIFEM cards.