LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said that no society could progress without giving rights to the women.

He said, “Islam has given unprecedented rights to the women which have no example in any society of the world. Islam stresses that no injustice should be committed to the women.”

He said that all would have to discharge their religious, social and moral responsibilities for upholding women rights.

Shehbaz Sharif said, “Protection of women rights is a national obligation which we will have to discharge successfully.” Dream of prosperity could not be materialized without progress and empowerment of women, he added.

In a message on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Chief Minister said that the aim of observing that day was to protect women rights and expedite efforts for checking violence against them.

He said that the importance of key role of women in evolution of a society and every sector of life was recognized. He said the Punjab government had taken revolutionary steps for empowering women and safeguarding their rights.

The Punjab government was setting state-of-the-art centers for eliminating violence against women, he added.

The Chief Minister said that a state-of-the-art center had been established in Multan for the provision of justice to the women and redressing their grievances where police, prosecution, medical and forensic facilities were available at one place.

Shehbaz Sharif said, that was the first and unique center in South Asia which was a milestone in evolving a permanent system for immediate resolution of women complaints.

He said that effective legislation had been made for protecting women rights and eliminating violence against them and unprecedented steps had been taken in this regard.

He said that the role of women in economic development could not be neglected. He said that progress and prosperity could only be ensured through economic protection of women, safeguarding them at workplace and providing them equal opportunities to move forward.  He said, “We will have to reiterate the resolve that all out resources will be utilized for the protection of women and their rights.”