31st January 2023, NCSW 73rd board meeting
On January 31st 2022, the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) held it's 73rd Board Meeting. This meeting was attended by Secretary NCSW Mr. Arif Anwar Baloch, along with the Provincial Chairpersons and board members of the NCSW from each Province of the country as well as Gilgit Baltistan. The Honorable Chief Justice Federal Shariah Court, Dr. Syed Muhammad Anwer, also joined the meeting. He was welcomed as a Chief Guest in the second half of the meeting wherein pertinent issues, challenges and possible solutions were discussed.
The meeting initiated with a moment of silence for the lives lost due to the bomb blast in Peshawar. As Chair, I emphasized the importance of teamwork and unity for within all Provinces including AJK & GB and the necessity to complete the report of the respective provincial board member tenures.
The meeting shed light on our recent participation in the International Congress for Women of Influence in Iran, the NGDP team visits across Provinces for trairing & awareness as well as the plans for the creation of a cohesive delegation for the SW meeting in New York. Moreover, the implementation on Federal Shariah Court Judgement on Punjab Protection of Violence against Women Act, 2016 (Act. XVI of 2016) was thoroughly
navigated and deliberated upon. Great emphasis on the next steps for the report created via a special committee formed to enquire about the derogatory remarks used by politicians in jalsas. The board then passed a resolution to create a Code of Ethics for the Political Parties in order to command respect for women in public spaces.
Gender experts Farzana Bari, Valerie Khan, Anbreen Ajaib, Saba Gul Khattak and Babar Bashir also joined the meeting.
The Honorable Chief Justice Federal Shariah Court, Dr. Syed Muhammad Anwer, graced the meeting, "It is an honor to be here amongst you all. Women empowerment and emancipation is a continuous process and joint responsibility," he said. The Chief Justice spoke to the board members individually wherein they discussed pending legislation & accountability in their respective regions.
The meeting concluded with all members and officials partaking in the meeting renewing and reaffirming their commitment to creating a nation of peace through gender parity and equal opportunity of all citizens regardless of their sex.