The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) was made autonomous on Thursday after the last round of recommendations by the implementations commission.
Anis Haroon, the chairperson, welcomed the fact that they had been made autonomous.
MNA Shehnaz Wazir Ali said that an autonomous commission can be more assertive and play a “more meaningful” role in highlighting women rights. The commission reiterated its solidarity with the provinces in celebrating the day for provincial autonomy.
Haroon believed that the devolution of powers to provinces will strengthen the federation.
The NCSW in a statement said that the transfer of power to the provinces had been very smooth and transparent.
The commission said that the provinces will be in a position to address women’s issues propagated under the name of religion and culture.
The commission expressed its willingness to work with the provincial governments and provide the technical support required to deal with women’s issues. The commission also expects the provincial governments to ensure that women at grass root level will benefit from the devolution.
The commission will be attached with the Ministry of Human Rights.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2011.
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