Peshawar, July 20: Reflecting both an urge for peace
and assertion of their rights, a Pakistani women's group has
demanded disbanding of all militant bodies and repeal of laws
discriminatory and derogatory towards them.
Demanding strict screening and action against all
nurseries and outfits propagating sectarian, xenophobic and
ethnic hatred and violence, "Aurat Foundation' released a
"manifesto suggestions for women's empowerment" (for political
parties) during a meeting of elected women local councillors
yesterday in Peshawar.
Underling the need to "repeal all discriminatory and
derogatory laws incorporated in the Pakistan penal code", the
document said, "abolish all parallel legal and quasi-legal
systems to ensure a uniform, integrated judicial system in the
country, including the abolition of Federal Shariat Court",
reports here said.
The 14-page document demanded that the government allow
only those political parties to contest elections which
allocate 33 per cent of tickets for general seats to women and
also make mandatory 33 per cent representation of the women in
The group also demanded a special legislation to combat
violence against women.
The document also discussed issues like economy and
poverty, employment, education and training, health and
population, environment, physical infrastructure,
institutional mechanism and media related to women's issues.