International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women is being observed today, November 25. On December 17,1999; the UN General Assembly designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
In this regard, a sixteen-day campaign would start today all across Pakistan in order to create and raise awareness among people regarding rights of women. For this purpose, various governmental departments, NGOs, social welfare organizations, human rights groups along with the Pakistani media have prepared special events and programs to emphasize this issue all through the campaign.
Violence against women has now emerged as one of the most prevalent issue on the across the globe. Official stats, reveal that one out of every three women in the world have faced either physical or sexual violence in most case by the hands of their intimate partners. Violence against women though in any form has become a global endemic.
In this regard, Ayaz Sadiq-Speaker of National Assembly while speaking about the international day of elimination of violence against women, said that the Pakistani government is devoted to obliterate violence against women from the Paksiatni society.
In his message for the International Day for elimination of violence against women, he said that violence against women is severe human rights violation, which needs to be eradicated through synchronized and collective efforts. He added that violence against women; both physical and mental, takes place far and wide and generations to come face its consequences. This in turn causes threats to social framework of societies around the world.
At this occasion he told that there is an overall 33% of women quota reserved in government boards, while, their quota has been increase from 5% to 15% in government jobs; making certain that women have a greater participation in the society. He said that centres for immediate response are under construction nationwide which will facilitate the women who fall victims to domestic or any other form of violence.