Activists want proper representation after revival of 1979 ordinance

Women Action Forum, other organisations urge govt to present domestic violence bill.


February 25, 2013
ILLUSTRATION: JAMAL KHURSHID

KARACHI: Women Action Forum (WAF) and other organisations have demanded a reassessment of women’s representation in the local bodies of Sindh.

At a meeting to review the revival of the 1979 Local Government Ordinance, the activists demanded that adequate representation must be ensured for workers and peasants as well. “We will not allow the removal of 33 per cent of women’s representation as well as the removal of peasants and workers’ categories,” said a statement.

The revived ordinance should not interrupt the devolution process in any way, said the activists. “We consider it essential for the overall development of the country.” They were also of the view that an ideal system should be worked out, which suits everyone in the province. They hoped that all reforms in the future will be promulgated after debates and public hearings.

The participants also urged the members of the provincial assembly to present the domestic violence bill, which has been vetted and worked on by all relevant sections of government departments.

The meeting was attended by members of WAF, National Organisation for Working Communities, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Action Aid, Aurat Foundation, Asian Human Rights Commission, Aahung, Hosiery Garments Workers Organisation, Hands, Network for Women’s Rights, Pakistan Labour Bureau, Pakistan Workers Confederation, Pakistan Medical Association, Shirkat Gah, Women Development Foundation Pakistan, War Against Rape, Lyari Community Development Organisation and Young Women’s Christian Association.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 26th, 2013.

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