Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi has kicked off its colorful two-day 3rd Women’s Conference here on Thursday 10th March 2022.
President, Arts Council Muhammad Ahmed Shah, Zubaida Mustafa, Sultana Siddiqui, Fatima Hassan, Anis Haroon, Noorul Hadi Shah, Qudsia Akbar, Mehnaz Rehman, Prof. Ijaz Farooqi, and others participated while Dr. Huma Mir performed the duties of director. On the first day of the conference, sessions on gender discrimination, women’s health, theater, and musical performances were presented.
Speaking on the occasion, Arts Council President Muhammad Ahmad Shah said that we bring the bright face of Pakistan before the world but unfortunately this bright face cannot be bright until half of the population of Pakistan has full rights.
He said that a woman was a producer in TV and now she owns the biggest channel in Pakistan with her hard work.
Sultana Siddiqui congratulated Ahmad Shah on holding this conference. “Yes, the only institutions that thrive are the ones that move forward with the times. Now the way the programs are being held at the Arts Council is commendable,” she said.
Zubeida Mustafa in her keynote address said that Arts Council for Women’s Rights has been organizing this event for three years now and Ahmad Shah deserves congratulations for this initiative.
Well-known writer Noorul Huda Shah said that society which is based on the corpses of girls cannot develop. Women are killed and working women are making bricks. These bricks are used to build our houses. Sadiqa Salahuddin said I belong to the field of education, I see girls who want to be something, girls are not allowed to fulfill their dreams, they are not given the right to choose a spouse. (Thanks the Nation)
Arts Council of Pakistan held a session on “VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT” at Auditorium I on the last day of the two-day 3rd Women’s Conference in Karachi.
Speaking on the issue of harassment, Amar Sindhu said that women who are subjected to violence to save their homes do not protect themselves or their homes in Pakistan more than in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The death toll is high. The woman’s husband, brother, and brother-in-law are her killers. The woman is a victim of some form of violence. We need to improve our judicial system so that the culprits involved in this case can be punished as soon as possible, “said Sheema Kirmani.
Of course, the social pressures and systems in our society do not allow us to stand against them. “Our voice recordings are changed in March. This is also mental violence. The harasser is an accused.
We have to bring the perpetrators of violence and harassment to light. Every day two to three women lose their dignity. 540 women in a year.
” She was raped and the accused are still at large. Nuzhat Shireen said that “No one can see women moving forward, women don’t know where to go for their rights, the women’s development department needs to be further improved, we are working with all the institutions,” she said.
She said that the male vice-chancellor should be removed from women’s universities and women should be appointed. She said that there are many cases where challans are not collected. We need to think about how to empower women so that they can stand up for their rights, said Parveen Rind, a victim of violence and harassment said that I am unable to get an education, blackmailers and harassers are roaming free, I am threatened with death.
In the end, Amar Sindhu saluted Parveen Rind for raising her voice against this oppression and violence and assured her full cooperation while renowned poet Dr. Fatima Hassan took the responsibility of Parveen Rind’s education in the hall. All the women stood in favor of the oppressed women and observed a minute of silence. (thanks urdupoint)