Punjab govt to hold awareness campaign about pro-women initiatives

Lahore – Punjab Women Development Department has planned a number of activities as part of a 16-day international awareness campaign for curbing violence against women.

Punjab Women Development Department Secretary Bushra Aman while giving details, said that during the campaign to be launched by Provincial Women Development Department titled ‘hertalk 2016’, public awareness will be promoted about the initiatives taken by provincial government for socio-economic empowerment of women and protection of their legal rights.

The activities planned from November 25 to December 8, include inspirational talks by eminent human rights activists, distinguished entrepreneurs, esteemed academicians and champions of women rights as well as screening of Oscar-winning documentary of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy at leading education institutes of Lahore.

The programme also includes art competition, short film competition and installation of streamers at prominent roads, places in the city. Moreover, the programme comprises walks, dissemination of information through banners and streamers at divisional headquarters under the supervision of respective commissioners.

The inaugural event will take place at PILAC auditorium on November 25 and will be hosted by Provincial Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheedud Din.

Apart from other guest speakers, UN Women Pakistan Deputy Country Representative Sangeeta Thapa, member UN Panel on Women Economic Empowerment Fiza Farhan, writer, actor and human rights activist Feryal Ali Gauhar, Saleema Hashmi, Mussarat Misbah and others who will share their views with the audience.