HWA regrets that federal and provincial governments are not doing enough to protect rural women’s rights
Speakers at a seminar on the occasion of the international day of rural women, said that the federal and provincial governments through bait-ul-mal funds making rural women beggars instead of organizing incapacitating them to earn their livelihoods. Through Ehsaas and Benazir Income Support Programme and other initiatives, the governments provide money without enabling them to use it to make livelihoods.
Speakers demanded that federal and provincial governments start livelihood programs in rural areas and support social systems to protect women and girls rather than depriving them of education and targeting them for honor-related issues. They also urged the government to give the state’s land to women permanently in rural areas.
They stated that the government of Sindh could only protect women and girls in rural areas from all forms of abuse and exploitation, as well as deprivation of food, health, and education rights if society’s empowerment programs are implemented through women’s education, health, and financial stability, as well as effective implementation of laws and policies for women protection. Social security programs should cover all rural women, and women should make themselves eligible for housing schemes. The Sindh Women Agriculture Workers’ Act, should be implemented by the government.