FAISALABAD-Addressing an awareness walk, State Minister for Textile Haji Akram Ansari said that Islamic teachings should be followed in to ensure protection of women's rights in true sense.

The minister said that present govt had given section attention on the welfare of the women and necessary legislations had also been framed in this regard.

Under the arrangements of Social Welfare Department, the walk was held here in connection with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The walk was jointly led by Deputy Commissioner Salman Ghani, State Minister for Textile Haji Akram Ansari, women parliamentarians Begum Khalida Mansoor, Madeha Rana, Dr Najma Afzal and Fatima Fareeha.

Women belonging to different NGOs and employees of the various departments participated in the walk; they were carrying banners and placards inscribed slogans violence against women and women rights . The walk started from District Council Chowk and culminated at the Kutchehry Bazaar Chowk after passing through the Khaleeq Qureshi road. Expressing his views, Deputy Commissioner Salman Ghani said that a 16-day awareness campaign was being started for elimination of violence against women. Various activities would be held to highlight the women's rights and the steps taken by the govt for their welfare.

He said that district administration was implementing the policies and measures for the development and welfare of the women to bring them main stream of the national development. He said that positive trends be promoted in the society to provide the women with respectable status.

The women parliamentarians urged upon the people to contribute actively for building a strong and valued society that empowers the women across the board. They said that violence against women and injustice could not be tolerated in the civilised society. The Punjab govt. had taken a number of steps for the development and progress of the women including legislation for women's protection, establishment of women protection authority and other such policies.

They also highlighted other steps taken by the govt including establishment of Darul Aman in the all districts, setting up daycare centres increasing employment quota for women, protection of inherited rights and introducing a helpline to provide information about women's rights and services.