KARACHI: President Mamnoon Hussain Wednesday said that it is indeed a matter of great satisfaction that human rights situation has improved in Pakistan with special reference to
protection of women and children during recent years.
He was speaking at a seminar on “Role of Ombudsman-Excesses Against Women and Children” organised by Sindh Ombudsman here at the Governor House.
The President said that over the past few years, Pakistan has achieved significant milestones in key areas including child health, child education especially the girls’ education, better and greater work opportunities for women, their protection at workplaces and their decision-making roles in the society.
He said that the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan guarantees equal rights and equal opportunities to all citizens irrespective of gender.
The President said that Pakistan has also signed and ratified a number of conventions relating to protection of women and children’s rights.
As a responsible member of the International community Pakistan has always strived to fulfill its international and national obligations, he added.
President Mamnoon Hussain said that unfortunately the children and women being the vulnerable sections of society are the worst sufferers of the power imbalance in societies.
He expressed gratitude to the organisers of the seminar and said this event is a great opportunity to speak on a subject of great importance that directly relates to the most vulnerable sections of our society.
He expressed confidence that the seminar would greatly help in raising greater awareness about the issues of the women and children in our society and how the institution of Ombudsman can contribute effectively towards identifying, investigating, redressing and
rectifying some injustice which at times take place against these vulnerable groups intentionally or otherwise.
He said that he is also grateful to the Governor of Sindh and the Provincial Ombudsman, Sindh for sharing with him the important details and developments taking place at the government and institutional levels to address the issues of women and children in the province of Sindh.
The President said that the institution of Ombudsman was designed to provide protection to the individuals where there is a substantial imbalance of power.
He said that despite all the efforts and commitments, a lot more needs to be done to ensure an environment where women and children are not only fully protected but are also provided equal opportunities to enjoy their lives and excel according to their capabilities.