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Study circle on pending bills and implementation of pro-women laws organized, Karachi


Study circle on pending bills and implementation of pro-women laws organized

Aurat Foundation’s Karachi office organized a study circle on March 12, 2015, at Sheraton Hotel to discuss the implementation of the pro-women laws as well as those laws that have been passed but for which Rules of Business (ROBs) have not been formulated. There were a number of participants that included members of various organizations such as Bint-e-Fatima Old Home Trust, Women Development Foundation, HANDS, etc. The participants also included Ms Erum Khalid, MPA, and Secretary Sindh Women Parliamentary Caucus, and Mr Shoaib Ashraf, Advocate Supreme Court.

Ms Maliha Zia, Consultant Law and Gender, Aurat Foundation, gave a briefing on relevant updates as well as the issues and hurdles that need to be addressed and tackled. Her main focus was on Domestic Violence Laws and Child Marriage Restraint Act. Justice (R) Shaiq Usmani pointed out some of the issues related to the lack of proper implementation and why ROBs are not made on time. He brought attention to the fact that bureaucrats do not necessarily see the importance of ROBs. This discussion was followed by suggestions made by participants on this issue. Some of the suggestions included forming committees, increasing involvement of media in creating awareness, adjusting the curriculums, and teaching the subject of Ethics in schools.