Sharmila for more legislation to protect women -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Sharmila for more legislation to protect women

HYDERABAD: Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqui has said effective legislation is being carried out at federal and provincial level to protect the rights
of those women, who are associated with handicrafts and other.

Home made industries including bangle industry. Various recommendations are under consideration to make effective legislation in this direction, the Advisor informed this while addressing a seminar in connection with World Women’s Day, organized by Bangle Wielding Workers Union Hyderabad Region in collaboration with other non- governmental organizations here. at the auditorium of Hyderabad Press Club on Wednesday.

The Advisor informed that the Bill regarding provision of technical training to those women who are associated with the homemade manufacturing would be tabled soon both in National and Sindh Provincial Assembly so that the homemade manufacturing could get the formal status of the Industry.

After legislation these women could not only get maximum wages, but also the welfare facilities including health and education for them and their children, Sharmila said and expressed her concerns over minimum wages being offered to working women of homemade manufacturing adding that the government would make all efforts to provide maximum facilities and incentives to these working women.

She said Hyderabad is famous for bangle industry world wide in which thousands of women have been engaged right from initial to final stages of the manufacturing the bangles and the government fully determined to protect their rights atall costs.

President Asif Ali Zardari is making sincere efforts for empowerment of women and under the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the government has initiated number of steps to enable the fifty percent population of the country, effective for the progress and prosperity of the country, Sharmila said. By approving the Bills with thumping majority, the government has proved its sincerity to protect the rights of women, she said and added the PPP always struggled to give due status to the women in all sectors of life.

We fully aware the injustices being done with the women and making all out efforts to address their grievances with effective legislation, she said and added that various welfare projects for improvement in socio economic status of the women including Waseela Haq of Benazir Income Support Programme are the major achievements of the government.

Senior Leader Pakistan Peoples Party Taj Haider while speaking on the occasion said that the problems being faced by the working women of hand-made manufacturing are genume and termed it violation of their rights.

However, he said that the PPP always protected the rights of the women of the country and time is not far when the working women would get their due status with all facilities and incentives.

Soon after coming into power, he said that the government had fixed the minimum wages of workers Rs. 6,000; however, he expressed his concerns over not implementing the announcement of the government by bangle manufacturers.

Among others, Au Mir Shah, Rehan Yousufzai, Nasrin Hanif, Altaf Mughal, Talat SabirAli, Zahir bbasi and Mir Balach Talpur also addressed the participants of the seminar.
Source: The Nation
Date:3/11/2010