Equal rights for women inevitable for developing civilized society: Dr. Taherani

Jamshoro: Equal rights for women are inevitable for developing a civilized society. We should revise our attitudes towards women at home as well as at workplace. The women living in cities are somehow safer today than they were in past, but the women living in rural areas are still needs to be addressed for elimination of discriminatory behaviour existing against them.

This was stated by Prof. Dr Abida Taherani, Vice Chancellor, University of Sindh, Jamshoro addressing the participants in a walk arranged on the commemoration of ’16th days of Activism for elimination of Violence against Women’ organized by Institute of Gender Studies, University of Sindh here. She said that keeping women distant from their constitutional and basic human rights is not an appreciable attitude for a developing society. Our culture is very much based on rich values of extending respect towards mothers, sisters and wives but unfortunately woman in present times is maltreated. It is imperative to launch campaigns of awareness to revise our attitudes in this regard.

She stressed the special need of awareness among young generation as well as children for establishment of conducive atmosphere in society for improved behaviour towards women. She further said that in developed societies both genders have to play their part equally even in the nurture of their children at home after working hours. She said that educational institutions should initiate to play their role in awakening the society.

Speaking on this occasion, Prof. Dr Arfana Malah, Member, Sindh University Syndicate, said that although despite of the demographic equality and vital role in economy, women in Pakistan are not treated equally in socio-economic affairs. She termed feminism as an effort to establish a discrimination- free society for women.

Dr Azhal Ali Shah in his speech said violence against women has been recognized as a global issue and realization of this issue in our society is a positive sign. He suggested the need of introducing trend of punishment for those individuals responsible for violence against women.

On this occasion, organizer of the walk, Prof Dr Misbah Bibi, Director Gender Studies, in her speech said that all males cannot be made responsible for discriminatory behaviour against women. Participation of a large number of males in this walk is an obvious evidence of their support to the cause. The chief purpose of the walk is to ensure the principle of gender equality.

A large number of university teachers, officials, students and children of Sayed Panah Ali Shah Model School Jamshoro participated in the walk. They carried banners, demanding stop to violence against women and extending them equal rights.