Press Releases

Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus takes serious notice of the Honour killing of teenagers at the behest of Jirga in Karachi

Islamabad the 12th September, 2017. MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik has once again showed great concern and anguish regarding the blatant act of honour killing through electrocution of two under-age children, i.e. a 15 years old girl child and a 17 years old boy child in Karachi at the behest of a local community Jirga. It is reported that the decision of the child couple was carried out on the orders of a so called ‘influential tribal council’. “This is yet another glaring example of paganism that our society is beset with !” she said.

Women’s Parliamentary Caucus - International Conference on Role of Women Parliamentarians in Strengthening Democracy & Social Justice

March 13, 2017: Inaugural session - A momentous 3-day International Conference on the Role of Women Parliamentarians in Strengthening Democracy and Social Justice was inaugurated by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan earlier today; Amidst a galaxy of 29 women parliamentarians from 12 countries and a large gathering of MNAs, Senators, academia, diplomatic corps and civil society, Ms. Mariyam Nawaz Sharif and Ms. Marriyum Aurengzeb were also present.

National Consultation on the Issues and Challenges in the Implementation of Pro-women Laws

To commemorate the National Women’s Day that falls on the 12th of February, the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus organized a one day National Consultation on the issues and challenges in the implementation of pro-women laws. The Consultation was held at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) in Islamabad. Women and men parliamentarians from National level and across the four provincial assemblies and the two legislative assemblies of Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan were invited to participate.

Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus urges Election Commission of Pakistan to facilitate ‘Accessibility’ for Persons with Disabilities to exercise their right to vote

Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik has urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to ensure verification and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the voter lists whilst it’s planned exercise of undertaking annual revision of electoral rolls in August this year in order to include all those in the voters list who have attained the age of 18.

Women’s Parliamentary Caucus Condemns the brutal assassination of British M.P. Ms. Jo Cox

Members of the WPC express shock and grief over the brutal attack on the life of a young British MP from Labor Party Ms. Jo Cox. In a letter written to the Speaker House of Commons, MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Secretary WPC, while extending deepest condolences and shock over the cold blooded assassination of Jo Cox stated that WPC has always condemned all forms of violence against women and that the WPC unanimously considers all such acts as an act of terrorism on part of the perpetrator.

Statement on Insult of Marvi Sirmad

The Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) has taken serious notice of the growing disrespect, intolerance and impertinence amongst men and women in the country, especially on media and places of high order that should actually be demonstrating role modelship for the people of Pakistan. MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Secretary WPC, in her statement, expressed shock and deepest regrets on the behavior displayed by Senator Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI (F) on a private news channel with a lady human rights defender, Marvi Sirmad, during a discussion on an important issue of recent acts of honour killings.

Statement by Women Parliamentary Caucus

Islamabad the 1st June, 2016 Just after passing a resolution on the increasing incidents on gender violence couple of weeks ago, here, again a 19 year old girl in Muree succumbed to burn injuries after being set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal. In another episode, in Abbottabad girl was burnt to death on the orders of a local Jirga. Her crime was to help a friend elope with a young, local man. It is alarming to witness such incidents are on the rise in Pakistan, throughout the country.

Women’s Parliamentary Caucus perturbed over the rape of a young female patient in PIMS – seeks strict and prompt action!

 The Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik has expressed her shock and deep concern over the rape of a 20-year- old disabled girl from Swat who has been under treatment in the ICU ward of the Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for past two months. Secretary WPC said that members of the WPC and she herself strongly condemn this inhuman and heinous act. As the Prime Minister of Pakistan has already taken a strong notice of this incident, she hopes that the culprit would soon be brought to justice and be given an exemplary punishment.

Women’s Parliamentary Caucus perturbed over the rape of a young female patient in PIMS – seeks strict and prompt action !

The Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik has expressed her shock and deep concern over the rape of a 20-year-old disabled girl from Swat who has been under treatment in the ICU ward of the Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for past two months.

Secretary WPC said that members of the WPC and she herself strongly condemn this inhuman and heinous act. As the Prime Minister of Pakistan has already taken a strong notice of this incident, she hopes that the culprit would soon be brought to justice and be given an exemplary punishment.

Dissemination of Research Report on Gender Based Violence and Responsiveness of the Medico-Legal Criminal Justice System

Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) in the Parliament organised a half day event, in collaboration with Trócaire, to disseminate a Research Report on National Assessment of Medico Legal Systems from Gender Perspective in Pakistan. Held at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Islamabad, on 16 th March, the Report “Gender Based Violence and Responsiveness of the Medico-Legal Criminal Justice System” highlighted the issues and challenges within the existing mechanisms in addressing the gender based violence (GBV) across Pakistan.

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