Islamabad: UNFPA, Representative in Pakistan, Ms Lina M. Mousa has called on the Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen M Mazari here in Islamabad on Monday. They discussed various human rights related matters with special focus on the gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment of women.
While assuring her full support to the Country Representative, Human Rights Minister, Shireen Mazari said efforts are being made through comprehensive strategy to ensure the rights of every one including the rights of women aimed at mainstreaming of the women at all level in the country. Dr Mazari apprised the UNFPA Representative about the steps for the protection of human rights. She said besides implementation of existing laws, we are also working on new legislation. Dr Mazari said that various bills including the Zainab Alert Bill which has been recently passed by the cabinet is in the Parliament. In addition awareness campaigns are also underway for educating the masses about the laws. Dr Mazari further stated that we have already started the campaigns regarding the women’s right to inheritance and against child abuse. She said that securing human rights of people is our top priority. She said that the government is taking indiscriminate measures to ensure human rights and provision of basic facilities to all our citizens. She said law for the protection of rights of transgender community has been implemented and establishment of separate ward for transgender has been taken as part of Transgender Law. She said that Child protection Commission would soon be established. Ms Mousa appreciated the various initiatives and endeavors of incumbent government and devising new legislation for protection and promotion of the human rights in the country. UNFPA Representative showed her interest in further collaboration in the cause and protection of human rights.