ISLAMABAD:(APS)MARCH 8,2016-International human Rights Observer (IHRO) Pakistan organized 15th National Annual Women Rights Conference 2016 in collaboration with Community Support Foundation and other organizations o commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016 at – Islamabad. Representatives of different civil society organizations, political, religious parties, diplomats, human rights experts and intellectuals from all parts of Pakistan took part in the deliberations. The following recommendations were approved at the conclusion of the conference.
This conference condemns all forms of violence against women in the country.
The Conference endorses the United Nations theme for International Women’s Day 2016 “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.
The conference appreciates the United Nations new 17th point agenda of “Sustainable Development Goals” and considers it most important agenda for the sustainable development and human rights.. The conference also suggest an effective implementation on government level of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5-Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls- and number 4 –Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
This conference urges the government to respect international commitments and constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights, the Government should amend all laws that discriminate against women in the Penal Code and Evidence Act and repeal the Hudood Ordinances in their entirety; all provincial legislatures should pass and implement laws to protect and empower women, including by criminalizing and taking effective measures to prevent domestic violence.
The Parliament should approve the Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Act, the Anti-Honour Killings Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Act and the Torture, Custodial Death and Custodial Rape (Prevention and Punishment) Act, passed by the Senate in March 2015.
The national election Laws should establish a quota of general (directly-elected) National Assembly seats, in addition to the existing reserved (unelected) seats, for women legislators, and the parliament’s rules of procedures should be amended to ensure a certain number of parliamentary committees are headed by women.
The provincial governments should build the capacity of the Provincial Commissions on the Status of Women (PCSW) to monitor violations of women’s rights and to ensure that government policies and legislation gurantee gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The conference appreciates and congratulates the Government of Pakistan to establish an independent “National Commission for Human Rights “and restore the Ministry of Human Rights in Pakistan to address the human rights issues on governmental level. Although there is need to establish “National Human Rights Policy before to introduce National Plan of Action on Human Rights.
This conference also urges the Government of Pakistan to implement the International Bill of Human Rights which includes ICESCR, ICCPR and UDHR to guarantee basic rights and fundamental freedoms in the country.
The conference also demands the government to ensure safety and security of women rights activists and female journalists in the country.
The conference demands equal rights and opportunities for the Women of minorities in the country at all level.
The conference also suggests and proposes that the people must rediscover their responsibility to support the vulnerable sections’ and women rights groups’ struggling for their human rights. We also call upon all civil society to promote human rights with solidarity.