SRINAGAR: To sensitize women and girls on their legal rights and to encourage legal access in relation to crimes against women, the District Center for Women (Mahila Shakti Kendra) Srinagar in collaboration with the Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Srinagar held a one-day workshop on ‘Women’s Legal Rights’ on Saturday at the Government Girls Higher Secondary School (GGHSS), Kothibagh, here.
The workshop was organized by Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK) in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authority Srinagar
Srinagar Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, who is also the District Charman Mahila Shakti Kendra, was the chief guest on the occasion.
As DLSA Secretary, Noor Mohammed Mir attended the ceremony as guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC said that women are a unique creature on earth who balance rights and duties with the greatest capacity.
The DC appreciated the efforts of the organizers to organize such sensitization camps in order to sensitize the women on the legal rights. He said the purpose of these programs is to make women aware of laws/statutes and know their legal rights to eliminate crimes against women. He added that society will only develop if the status of women improves.
Asad said empowerment of women should start at home and there should be no discrimination by parents towards their children based on gender. The male and female child should be treated equally, only then is it possible to achieve the desired results.
The DC also insisted on the effective implementation of all projects and programs aimed at the welfare of women and children. He said that the development of society is directly linked to the empowerment of women.
Describing the recent acid attack as a lack of proper gender sanitation and a lack of moral education, the DC stressed the need to incorporate issues like this into the educational curriculum in addition to the responsibility of active parenting that begins at home.
The DC also said female victims are also entitled to zero FIR at any police station, regardless of where the incident occurred, to provide prompt assistance.
Secretary, DLSA highlighted the constitutional provisions regarding the empowerment of women. He said that DLSA is always available for women in distress and that the Authority works for the welfare of women who are suffering. He said that DLSA provides legal aid to many women on a daily basis and also informed the assembly about the basic rights of women and the programs available for them in legal institutions.
Other speakers also highlighted women’s issues and provided information on women’s rights.
Among others, the District Social Welfare Officer also spoke at the event a number of lawyers from the Srinagar District Legal Services Authority who spoke on various topics such as rights of women; Legislation for the protection of women; Violation of women’s rights and its remedies; Social assistance schemes for women, etc.
Earlier, Srinagar District Welfare Officer Mohammad Ashraf Akhoon who is also the Nodal Officer of MSK welcomed the guests and outlined the aims of Mahila Shakti Kendra. He said that Mahila Shakti Kendra is supposed to provide one-stop converging support to the local woman and these centers are seen as a beacon of hope for all kinds of assistances provided under one-stop-shop.
“The Mahila Shakti program provides an interface for rural women to approach the government to assert their rights in addition to empowering them through awareness training and capacity building,” he added.
The workshop ended with a vote of thanks presented by Women’s Welfare Officer, MSK Srinagar Ruqaya Ashraf.