Govt forms committee to protect women

Published: May 11, 2010
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KARACHI:  Sindh government is considering a committee to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.

The Sindh Women Development Department has proposed that the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) be adopted as a guideline. The committee will be responsible for collecting and updating gender-related Sindh-based data and submitting it to the Ministry of Women’s Development for encorporation in the CEDAW report.

The committee would also regularly monitor the implementation of CEDAW in coordination and consultation with all forums in Sindh. The committee could be chaired by the chief secretary with the secretaries from the departments of Finance, Home, General Administration, Local Government, Education, Health Information and Law as members with two women MPAs and representation from two leading NGOs.

The secretary of the women’s development department could function as the secretary. The proposed committee could meet once every three months or as and when required.

Published in the Express Tribune, May 11th, 2010.

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