Violence against Women (VAW) rises from gender-based intolerance and discrimination. The laws and policies formulated should be geared towards assisting women victims and making sure that they are protected. Putting a finish to VAW is not the task of any one individual or faction but requires a joint support.

It is important to engage all stakeholders, parliamentarians, judiciary, law enforcement entities, civil society, private sector and international associations to come up with workable laws that are implemented. In Pakistan, the women’s right to property, education, employment remains significantly lesser compared to men’s. The communal and cultural framework of our society is principally patriarchal. Women have less contribution in society outside the family. Despite the improvement in Pakistan’s literacy rate since its independence, the number of educated women is amongst the lowest in the world.

Our country is facing diverse challenges in many sectors. We have to streamline our women in such a way that we can get maximum benefits from their expertise. The term Women Police is not new to the world, but for us this is new area where we have to focus excessively. The results coming from different surveys reveals that at present only 1 percent women are a part of the police department in Pakistan. The police in Pakistan receive a lot of criticism due to different reasons. We have to change the overall environment of police department, so that more and more educated women can enter this field. This will be a positive development, as it will help in eradicating the problem of ‘violence against women’ from our society. Women police officers will be in a better position to understand the issues of women related violence as compared to males.

MUHAMMAD UZAIR NIAZI,

Islamabad, January 30.