پہلے وومن کونسلر کنوینشن کا کامیاب انعقاد

خواتین کو نسلز کے کردار اور کارکردگی کا جائزہ لینے کے لئے پاکستان میں پہلے وومن کونسلر کنونشن کا انعقاد کراچی میں عمل میں لایا گیا جس کا اہتمام سندھ کمیشن اور وومن سٹیٹس کی جانب سے کیا گیا کنونشن سے مقررین نے خطاب کرتے ہوئے خواتین کونسلرز کی کارکردگی اور کردار کی اہمیت پر زور دیا اور ان کے اقدامات کو سراہا اور ان کی کوششوں کی تعریف کی ۔


Women Councilors Convention
Combating Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Sindh 
The Role of Women Councilors

The Sindh Commission on the Status of Women (SCSW) organized the first Women Councilor’s Convention on May 3rd, 2019 at Hotel Movenpick, Karachi. This first of its kind convention hosted over 200 women councilors from all 6 divisions and 29 districts of Sindh in which the unanimous resolution was passed that women councilors in all over Sindh will stand with the Commission and together make networks of councilors, Commission, lawyers and the police to combat GBV at all levels in Sindh. these integrated networks are the need of the day to address gender based violence. The aim is to have integrated and strengthened networks of all relevant stakeholders to fight and eradicate gender-based violence in Sindh Justice (R) Majida Rizvi lauded the efforts and said that a network to counter GBV is a matter which needs to be addressed with urgency

Chairperson SCSW Ms. Nuzhat Shirin welcomed the guests and thanked the attendees. She gave an introduction of the Commission and informed the audience of its mandates, its powers and functions, and the activities that it is a part of. She also shared her plans for the future of the Commission, which is to continue forming and strengthening networks of stakeholders in Sindh. She said that soon trainings will be conducted for Nikkah Khuwan, Pandits and SHO in every district. The objective of these trainings and this convention is to combat violence against women which is on the top priority of Committee’s agenda



The effort is jointly supported by Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO) , the Australian Government and the Australian Aid.
The objective of this conference is to facilitate dialogue and create a network amongst various stakeholders including representatives from local government to develop redressal mechanisms to produce recommendations from the government and civil society to be implemented into policies for increasing gender parity and reduction of GBV. This convention was attended by notable women and parliamentarians of the Sindh Assembly including Ms. Anis Haroon member (Sindh) NCHR, Ms. Adeeba Hassan (PTI), Ms. Qamar Dhamrah, Ms. Mangla Sharma (MQM), and Ms. Ghazala Siyal (PPP)


Nuzhat Shirin thanked the attendees including a number of civil society activists, non-government organisations as well as government officials for supporting the initiative
“I believe we are in dire need to strengthen our bonds to make communication possible through networking. We need to break the wall of helplessness to create an environment which will help other women to approach councilors without any hesitation. We need to trust women instead of rebuking them, and that will only be possible if the councilors are well-aware of the law and their responsibility towards its implementation,” she said

The Minister of Women Development Department, Government of Sindh, Shehla Raza stressed on the creation of networks and assured that a meeting would be held with the IG to sensitise police force about dealing with violence against women

“I feel very proud that the commission is getting stronger day by day. I believe when we need to discuss women’s issue we need to rise above our political affiliations, and the day we will grasp this we would be successful. Ministers can table bills but the implementation won’t be possible with one signature. A successful MPA is someone who knows the ground realities. An MPA also needs to take those women with her who may have lost the councilor election. It is not possible to achieve an outcome without networking. If we want to hold awareness sessions at district level, we will have to take SHO, Nikkah Khuan, councilors, both men and women, because MPA may have many other responsibilities. The reason councilors are trusted is that the people in a neighbourhood trust them owing to their past activities,” she said

Mr Kapil Dev from UN Women said that this conference is key in facilitating the Commission to formulate simple redressal mechanisms so that the women of Sindh can also lead a live free of discrimination on the basis of their gender

Valerie Khan, Chairperson of Acid Survivors Foundation spoke about the Impact of GBV & Rehabilitation of Survivors. She remarked that “the help of councilors was crucial to curb gender based violence, without them, there will be no change in the foreseeable future”

While, Amir Ali Shah, General Secretary Local Councils Association (Sindh) said that “instead of being barriers, men should be allies to women and education is the key in changing the situation.”


To this point, Anwer Hussain, CEO, Local Council Association, agreed and said: “One should work towards eradicating gender-based violence by having a dialogue with men and sensitizing them about law as well as gender-equity and work on families as a unit as well working
with law-enforcement agencies as well as advocacy groups to ensure awareness in all sectors.”

Hina Tabassum of TDEA – Free & Fair Election Network (FAFEN) asked the councilors about their role and reminded them that only they could help women get empowered

Fareiha Aziz of Bolo Bhi said that the network is very important because it is difficult to provide assistance from Karachi so there must be a system in place to look after the legalities and councilors: “The network should also be able to respond on emergency basis and it cannot work on 9 to 5 basis because there is no fixed time for any untoward situation and it should be dealt with on such basis.”

It is the mandate of the Commission to provide knowledge and awareness for government policy and strategic action for women empowerment. The Commission is also mandated to develop and maintain interaction and dialogue with non-governmental organizations, experts and individuals in society, and to facilitate and monitor implementation of international instruments and obligations affecting women and girls

The Commission aims to build a network of women councilors across Sindh to counter GBV, and empower the councilors to fulfill this uphill task. It also strives towards developing redressal mechanism to facilitate GBV survivors as well as educate women councilors with respect to the history of struggle for women’s rights in Sindh

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