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Combatting Violence against Women in Pakistan

When Feb 17, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Rd, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
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Contact Phone 01223 (7)64055
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Pakistan is ranked as the third most dangerous country for women in the world, and daily, 6 women are murdered or attempted to murder, 8 raped, 11 battered and assaulted, and 32 women are abducted. However, the conviction rate for violence against women crimes is only 1-2.5% (Punjab Police 2013). The Punjab Chief Minister's Office in Pakistan has initiated an innovative project to prevent violence in Punjab province. The talk examines the various aspects of the project, including the inception, the implementation and the political economy aspects. The project is in its inception stages and promises not only to prevent future violence but also to alter the prevalent gender relations. It will be delivered by Mr. Salman Sufi, Director General at Chief Minister's Strategic Reforms Unit. He has designed and implemented more than 30 ground-breaking reforms - drafting and passage of the historic legislation, Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2016, the most comprehensive legislation passed in the history of Pakistan which incorporates proper implementation processes in the form of Violence Against Women Centres to ensure that the incidence of violence against women crimes is reduced; establishment of Women Protection Authority; Excise and Taxation reforms - South Asia's first Dealer Vehicle Registration System; establishment of Shehr-e-Khamoshan (Model Graveyards); Punjab Police and Traffic Police reforms; establishment of mobile libraries and restaurant grading system; South Asia's first Violence Against Women Centre; introduction of women protection chapter in school curriculum; and launching of Pakistan's first ever Women-on-Wheels (WoW) campaign which aims to increase the independence and mobility of women by providing them with free motorcycle lessons and organizing a rally of female motorcycle riders.

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