On International Women’s day March 8th, 2019 (Friday) Centre for Legal Aid Assistance & Settlement (CLAAS) organized “Community Awareness Session for Women Empowerment” at Youhanabad Lahore. CLAAS paid a tribute to all those strong women who have struggled throughout their lives and achieved success in their respective fields to set legendary examples for others. Looking up to their strengths and achievements we are to stand up for the basic rights of women. CLAAS briefly shared the basic rights, laws and challenges regarding women and way forward for their empowerment. Through multimedia presentation Mr. Tahir Bashir and Ms. Ayesha Bhatti Advocates shared their massive knowledge regarding the current issues of women and society.
CLAAS National Director Mr. M.A. Joseph Francis specified about the struggle and role of women towards their families and nation. He described that although women are working side by side with men in every field of life nowadays but still they are facing violence and striving to seek justice and we want to raise a voice for them. The right to education is the basic right of every individual and education is also necessary for all women. We strongly condemn all sorts of violence against women. A society that stays silent or promotes violence against women cannot be called a healthy society.
We strongly condemn harassment and rape against minor girls as well as adult women and demand that the government take strict action for its prevention. As it is the moral duty of the society as well as the government to raise awareness and bring about behavioral change regarding the social and cultural rights of women. The laws related to women rights should be practically implemented since cases of domestic violence are increasing drastically and it is the need of the hour that legislative measures be taken to prevent violence against women. Women are being tortured mentally, physically and psychologically and the government must take steps to provide safety to them. Laws regarding protection of women like Christian divorce act, minority rights bill and those regarding forced conversions and forced marriages must be reviewed by the government so that maximum relief can be delivered to the minorities. Motivational songs regarding women and videos clips also played. More than 70 community members (men and women) participated in this session and gave a positive feedback through their comments. We are very much thankful to local participants, clergy and management for making this event successful.