ISLAMABAD (APP) - Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani asked the Ministry of Interior and the police organizations to develop and implement policies to combat violence against women. Addressing the 2nd International Women Police Conference on 'Gender Responsive Policing, he directed the concerned ministries to take steps to increase women representation by fully implementing recruitment quota, invest in capacity building of women police, diversify womens role in policing and strengthen policing to adequately deal with crimes of violence against them. He said these priorities have already been outlined in the recently formulated Gender Strategy of Police seeking ownership and implementation for gender responsive policing. Let me assure you of my personal commitment and support of the government to all the initiatives aimed at enhancing womens role and participation in policing, Gilani said. He said women as equal citizens of the states have a significant role to play in national development. As women police officers, your passion and aspirations for better future and your contributions to the law enforcement are of great value to your nations, he added. Gilani said he was proud to address a gathering of brave women, who chose a challenging career of maintaining law and order and protecting the lives and properties of the citizens. Gilani said the government was committed to empower women and create conditions essential for social and gender justice. We believe in principles of equality as enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, he said. He said the government recognizes the value of womens participation in public affairs and was therefore committed to gender equality reforms. He said it was during Mohtarmas tenure that pro-women initiatives, such as establishment of First Women Bank, and project of lady health workers were launched to bring about change in the lives of women. Gilani said the Social Action Programmes during her tenure were launched with a view to reduce gender disparities and improving womens access to social services. Pakistan, under her dynamic leadership, also acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Feb. 29, 1996. He quoted the Shaheed leader as saying; May be its stereotypical, but I think that women leaders are more nurturing and sensitive to the social needs of society. Invariably, womens rights lead to further modernization of society as educational, housing and health needs are finally met. He said the government has taken a number of steps that reflect its commitment to mainstream womens issues in the public policies.