Oxfam chief urges media to inform women of their rights
LAHORE: The chief executive of Oxfam Great Britain has urged the media to play an effective role in imparting knowledge regarding the rights of women in Pakistan and help change the male chauvinist mindset.
At the conclusion of her four-day visit to Pakistan, Dame Barbara Stocking was talking to a group of leading media persons at an interactive session held at the SAFMA Media Centre. She expressed her satisfaction that women in the country, especially in urban, and to some extent in the suburban areas, were aware of their rights against domestic violence.
“Things are moving forward, although at a slow pace,” she said optimistically, adding that the improvement in the behaviour of the society would take time and the condition of poor women would improve gradually. The Oxfam chief executive also expressed her pleasure over land distribution among 2,000 hari women by the government of Sindh.
She urged the government to impart information on women rights to the people of the country. Stocking visited Hyderabad and interior Sindh during her stay to observe the condition of rural women and the ongoing projects initiated by the provincial government.
She also met government officials at the federal and provincial levels during her stay. Stocking announced that Oxfam would supply clean drinking water to the people in flood-affected areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Renowned broadcaster Agha Nasir moderated the interaction, while Neva Khan, the Oxfam country director and Dr Naureen Khalid, the programme manager were also present on the occasion.
Source: Daily Times