Body set up for welfare of KP women

A women welfare body has been formed to resolve problems facing them in different fields in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The organisation, ‘Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Working Women Union’ was inaugurated at the press club here on Tuesday. Dr Mehr Taj Roghani, adviser to the chief minister, was the chief guest. Several other women belonging to different walks of life, including MPAs Zareen Zia, Aysha Naeem, Tasleem, Rohi Zahir Shah, Neelum Turo, Insaf Lawyers Forum president Rubina Gilani and Maryam Bibi, were in attendance.

Sharing their observations, the participants said that female workers were facing different problems but they had no union (organisation) to raise voice for their rights.

Equal opportunity: New union to fight for the rights of working women

Non-profit organisation Da Hawa Lur’s CEO Khurshid Bano is all set to launch a union for the province’s working women. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Working Women Trade Union Federation will be launched on May 3 at Peshawar Press Club.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Bano said the union is aimed at tackling problems faced by women in the workplace.

“The union is a first of its kind,” she said. “More often than not, working women have little authority. This trade union seeks to empower them.”

Bano has served as general secretary of the K-P Working Women Federation and plans to use Da Hawa Lur as a platform to launch this new initiative.

Awareness Raising regarding Gender Based Violence for the Students of Universities

Collaborative Partner: Impact

1st January 2015 – 27th February, 2015

Project Objectives:

  • To raise awareness among university students about GBV
  • To train students on importance and on basic laws about domestic violence

Project brief:

Da Hawwa Lur is a non-profit organization struggling to improve the situation of gender-based violence by raising the awareness regarding the issue among the common masses. Da Hawwa Lur builds the capacity of the individuals on the basic laws related to gender based violence a nd how to tackle with such situations.

Underage, under 18: Advocates demand passage of child marriage bill

The Madadgaar National Helpline held a conference at Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday to discuss the importance of passing the Child Marriage Restraint Amendment Bill.

The bill aims to increase the legal age of marriage for a girl from 16 to 18 and increase punishment in the Child Marriage Restraint Act. According to a handout issued on the same day, there were 143 reported cases of child marriage in K-P in 2013; the bill is still undergoing legal vetting in the province.

Speakers at the press club included Madadgaar founder Advocate Zia Ahmed Awan,