Education, social support to help check violence against women: Minister

LAHORE: Provincial Minister Human Rights and Minority Affairs (HR&MA) Aijaz Alam Augustine on Wednesday said that violence against women can be minimized by educating people and providing social support to them.

He stated this while participating in a special event regarding policy dialogue between young and adolescent girls and key stakeholders in connection with 16 days of activism to end gender based violence at provincial headquarters of Pakistan girls guide association Punjab, Lahore.

The event was attended by Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan Mr. Brek Batley, PTI MPAs Sumera Bukhari, Musarrat Jamshaid Cheema, Neelam Hayat Khan, Zahra Abbas, media person Asadullah Khan, Regional Director HR Lubna Mansoor, Executive Director Search for Justice Iftikhar Mubarak and around 250 girls from different educational institutions of Lahore.

The participants presented different proposals to end gender based violence. The provincial minister congratulated the organizers for arranging such an important policy dialogue.

He said that empowerment and investment in girls was key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence against women.

It would also help promote and protect their fundamental rights.