Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre in collaboration with Women Parliamentary Caucus Balochistan and Women Development Department Balochistan, organized a policy dialogue between members of parliament and civil society on initiatives by Balochistan government to protect and promote rights of women and girls.
Dr Rubaba Khan Buledi, Chairperson of WPC presented legislative priorities of the WPC which were harassment at workplace, home-based workers, persons with disabilities, ending early age marriage and a reproductive health policy. She also shared that for the first time they are working on a health policy for transgender persons. She stressed that they are working on issues of Balochistan and that the solutions need to come from the people of Balochistan and that this is our agenda and not a foreign agenda and we have to decide what needs to be done.
Mahjabeen Sheeran, Parliamentary Secretary for WDD and Naheed Babar Assistant Director, WDD presented priorities and initiatives of WDD. A priority area was financial empowerment of women for which an endowment fund for business women, business incubations centers, and trainings on e-commerce had been set-up. To make the public space friendly for working women day care centers and hostels are being built. For women victims of violence, crisis centres are being made and SOPs for shelters are being made in collaboration with Social Welfare Department. Other initiatives include setting up of Digital library for women.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th, 2021.
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