A grand ceremony was held at Governor House Lahore in connection with International Women’s Day in Lahore today.
Governor Punjab Balighur Rahman attended the ceremony as the chief guest while former provincial minister Ejaz Alam Augustine, Mehnaz Ejaz, Dr. Rubina Feroze Bhatti, Deputy Secretary Hungarian Embassy, Secretary General Faces Pakistan Bersila John and others were also present.
Addressing the ceremony on this occasion, Punjab Governor Muhammad Balighur Rahman said that religious minorities have been playing a positive role in the development of the country since the establishment of Pakistan.
He said that the importance of the role of women in the society cannot be denied. Governor Punjab said that protection of women’s rights is a common responsibility of all of us. He said that various measures including quota in government jobs have been taken to empower women and ensure representation in every sector.
Ejaz Alam Augustine said in his speech that it is a matter of pride that today in Pakistan, women’s representation can be clearly seen in every institution.
He said that many efforts have been made to prevent violence against women in the country.
He said that there are severe punishments for harassing women while the Fair Representation of Women Act is also there to protect the rights of women.
On this occasion, Punjab Governor Muhammad Balighur Rehman also presented shields for outstanding services in social sector to Mehnaz Ijaz, Rumana Bashir, Sister Zaif, General Secretary Faces Pakistan Bersila Johe, former Provincial Minister for Human Rights Ijaz Alam and Deputy Secretary Hungarian Embassy.