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Consultation on ‘The Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2013’ held, Karachi


Consultation on ‘The Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2013’ held

The Gender Based Violence (GBV) - Advocacy & Capacity Development Project of Aurat Foundation, with the support of Women Leaders Partnership (WLP), organized a consultation on ‘Implementation of The Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act, 2013’, on July 3, 2014, at Hotel Mehran, Karachi. At the occasion, women police officers were also awarded with shields for their hard work and contribution to bringing women in mainstream. The guests included: Syeda Shahla Raza, Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly, Ms. Mahtab Akber Rashidi, MPA- PML-F, Ms. Sorath Theabo, MPA- PML-N, Ms. Saima Shah Asim, MPA-MQM, Ms. Nasimunisa, MPA-MQM, Ms. Masuma Hasan President Board of Governors, Ms. Simi Kamal, Chief of Party, Gender Equity Programme (GEP), Mr. Abdul Khalique Shaikh, DIG Police, South, Ms. Naseem Ara Panhwar, First Women DPO in Pakistan, Ms. Ghazala Siddiqui, First SHO in Sindh, Ms. Shahla Quershi, First ASP in Sindh, Ms. Masuma Chanazi, SSP Traffic, Ms. Azra Memon, ADIG Traffic, Ms. Shugufta Majeed, SI Women Police Station, Ms. Hajra Usman, S.H.O Women South, Ms. Zaibunisa, S.H.O Bahadarabad, Mr. Aijaz Ahmed Mahesar, Additional Secretary Planning & Development, Ms. Musarat Jabeen, Deputy Secretary Women Development Department.

Participants also include government officials, lawyers, media persons and NGO’s representatives.

Syeda Shahla Raza, Ms. Mahtab Akber Rashidi, Mr. Abdul Khalique Shaikh, Ms. Masuma Hasan, and Ms. Simi Kamal spoken on the issue. All women police members shared their experiences. Ms. Mahnaz Rahman, Resident Director, Aurat Foundation, outlined their struggle for passage of women and girls’ specific legislation.
Programme moderated by Ms. Shireen Khan, Regional Coordinator AF, and ‘vote of thanks’ was given by Ms. Fareeda Tahir, Programme Officer AF.