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April 21, 2012 / Man in the Mirror

Islam guaranteed women’s rights 1,400 years ago

Pakistan (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – A workshop titled ‘Empowering Women: Legislation under Human Rights’ was organised at the Resource Centre Murree (RCM) on Tuesday.
The Fatima Jinnah Women University’s Women Research Resource Centre organised the workshop in collaboration with the Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Department of the Punjab Government.

It was the first seminar at the RCM, after its formal inauguration by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on December 30. FJWU has been involved in the RCM since the project was launched. Barrister Qasim Ali Chowhan and Dr Farah Qadir, in-charge of the Department of Behavioural Sciences at FJWU, were the resource persons while FJWU Vice Chancellor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir was the chief guest.

Chowhan conducted awareness-raising session by translating the legislation about the rights of women that may be exercised for their empowerment at workplaces. He linked the human rights today with the religion and stated that Almighty Allah has granted protection. He explained all rights with reference to religion as he gave the example of ‘Khutba Hajjat ul Wida’. All rights that CEDAW has ratified today were granted by Islam 1,400 years ago. All policy bills related to human rights explain the same.

Talking about harassment of women, he said that it is an issue that complainants hesitate to discuss. He said that our socio-cultural patterns of interaction encourage silence on these issues and other similar issues like inheritance, right to vote, marriage, divorce etc.

Dr. Farah Qadir discussed possible interventions for women’s empowerment. She gave real life examples to illustrate the phenomena and then distributed the post-study forms to evaluate that to what extent participants have absorbed the session. 

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