Punjab govt committed to ending violence against women: Hameeda

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Provincial Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheeduddin has said that women are future of the country. She said that the Punjab government is determined to protect women rights and eliminate violence against women.
She said that Women Protection Bill would be approved in the current session of Punjab Assembly. She expressed these views while addressing an inaugural ceremony of making Kasur a safe district from violence against women. Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson, Member Provincial Assembly Mari Gill, Women Development Department Secretary Dr Aamina Imam, Oxfam Country Director GB Arif Jabbar, DCO Kasur Adnan Arshad Aulakh, DPO Kasur Ali Nasir Rizvi, DIG Motorway Faraan Baig, Mumtaz Mughal of Aurat Foundation, prominent columnist Munno Bhai, Haseena Moin, district officers and a large number of women were present on the occasion.
Hameeda said the Punjab government had taken concrete measures for the empowerment and development of women and women empower package 2012-15 are part of it. She said the Punjab government has increased job quota for women from five percent to 15 percent. Similarly, 50 percent funds have been allocated for women in youth business loan programme, she added.
Kasur DCO Adnan Arshad in his address said that the administration and all departments in Kasur would take every possible step for making the district free from gender violence. He said that the transfer of inherited property is being made immediately to women after amendment in Land Revenue Act.
Kasur DPO Ali Nasir Rizvi said that 2,138 police employees are ensuring elimination of gender violence and protection of women.
Women Development Secretary Aamina Imam said the Punjab government in consultation with all civil society organisations has evolved legal and institutional system. Similarly, an effective review and monitoring process of women-friendly laws is of great importance, she added.