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PU marks Int’l Human Rights day
PU marks Int’l Human Rights day

LAHORE: (Saturday, December 9, 2023): Punjab University Department of Gender Studies in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Rights, Government of Pakistan organized an awareness seminar to commemorate International Human Rights Day at Al Raazi Hall. On this occasion, Chairperson, Department of the Gender Studies Prof Dr Ra’ana Malik, Director, Directorate of Human Rights Pakistan Lubna Mansoor, Irshad Waheed from Punjab Women Protection Authority, Father James from Peace Centre Lahore, Ahsan Nawaz from Ministry of Human Rights, faculty members and students were present. In her address, Dr Raa’na welcomed the participants and shed light on the theme of International Human Rights Day this year “Freedom, Equality and Justice for All''. She stressed the need to give respect to women. She focused on the role of youth as agents of change in the society and asked students to play their positive role. Lubna Mansoor talked about the importance of Human rights and how violence against women is the biggest violation of any human’s right. Ahsan Nawaz enlightened the audience about the existing rights and how a common person can get benefit to know about their rights. He gave details on the recent legislations and initiatives by the Govt. of Pakistan to provide safety and justice to women and other vulnerable groups in the country like Zainab Alert App, Helpline 1099 etc. Father James talked about inter-faith harmony and says that each individual has equal rights irrespective of his / her religion. Irhsad Waheed said that giving women’s rights is important for a successful society. He stressed the need to analyse why in the presence of so many pro-women legislations, the status of women in the country is still miserable. He stressed the young students to come forward and participate in the development of the country. Later, the guests were presented with souvenirs.