LAHORE: During a march led by Women in Struggle for Empowerment (WISE) at the start of 16 days of activism that began around the world on Thursday, protesters chanted slogans: “Refuse the abuse and end the violence against women now ”.
WISE has expressed grave concern at the escalation of all forms of violence against women and girls, especially domestic violence in Pakistan. The motorcade marched from the Lahore Press Club towards Egerton Road, carrying signs and chanting slogans that were “equal pay for equal work”, “break the silence”, “no more honor killings”, ” put an end to rape ”,“ stop the household violence, sexual harassment, cyber-harassment, child marriage, blaming the victims ”. They called on the masses to stand up for women’s rights. Speaking on the occasion, Bushra Khaliq, Executive Director of WISE, stressed the need to address violence against women and girls.
“Pakistan has passed several women-friendly laws, but implementing the laws is a challenge. WISE demands state responses to establish an effective mechanism to end violence against women, defining and notifying the business rules of the “Protection of Women Against Violence in Punjab Act 2016 She said.
WISE requires that the minimum age be set at 18 for both boys and girls at the time of marriage. It calls for the formation of commissions of inquiry and the posting of a code of conduct in the workplace under the 2010 Protection against Harassment of Women in the Workplace Act, the appointment of the chairman of the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women and 33 pc representation of women in local governments. , she added.