Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) Endeavoring to Protect the Rights
of victimized and distressed women.PLF Rally on the eve of the International Women Day
200 women and 100 members of Pakistan Labor Federation (PLF) and its affiliates hold Rally on 8th March, 2010 from Federation office to Press Club under the banner of Pakistan Labor Federation (PLF) Women Wing to celebrate the International Women Day on Monday, March 08, 2010. Working women, including home-based workers, domestic workers, brick kiln and embellishment workers made their way to Press Club to observe the International Women Day. To show solidarity with victims of Monday morning blast, PLF canceled its segment of musical program and decided to celebrate the day in a simple manner.
Participants reached Press Club in small groups from different areas of Lahore. The rally started around 4'O clock from PLF Office and terminated in front of Press Club Lahore Led by Mrs Atia Saleem Chairperson PLF President Pakistan Transport Workers Federation and Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian Secretary General , the participants were chanting full throat slogans against repressive anti-women laws and anti-workers laws. They were holding placards and banners inscribed with demands in favor of women workers. Among the participants there was large number of young girls, who were singing revolutionary songs.
Participants raise slogans that "Women struggle to continue till the end of all sorts of injustices and discriminations against women". The rally had a true radical color and mood as participants continued chanting anti-capitalist slogans all the way. The main slogans include “end to economic injustice", No to violence against women " "women want equal rights" “End with discriminatory laws against women" .
At the end of the rally, PLF leaders addressed the participants. Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian Secretary General PLF said women workers are the most marginalized section of our society. They are facing a number of problems including social, economic repression in the shape of denial to their just rights by the sate and society. He condemned the extremist forces and capitalists joining hands to crush women rights. He also read out solidarity messages sent by various international organizations to PLF on Women Day.
Chairperson PLF Mrs Atia Saleem said women workers have dared to come out on the roads despite prevailing fear. She said women workers are deprived of fundamental rights adding that they should be given equal wages. She urged the government to regularize the all daily working women in all over the Country. Mr. Waheed Ahmad Ch Advocate Legal Advisor PLF addressing the participants urged the government to issue social security cards to home-based women workers. He said women workers should be given minimum wage as Rs.6000.as per announcement by the Prime Minster of Islamic Republic of Pakistan .He said that educated women contribute a lot towards the eradication of violence against Women and provides strengthen to women in combating social evils who encroach their Rights.
Ms Rizwana Yasmin Senior Vice President PLF/ Secretary General Women Employees Welfare Association (WEWA) said that International Women Day is the Day to affirm our commitment towards women empowerment, struggle to have equal opportunities and elimination of sorts of violence, Gender discrimination, forced marriages, mental and physical torture, discrminated because of their sexual orientation and gender identity and they do not have no legal forum to get these rights for their actual identity. Mrs Shumalia Sadiq Secretary Women Wing said that women contribute more than 50% of the population of the Country and prosperity of the country has a direct impact on the Development as a whole. She said that it is the need of the hours to put maximum efforts in bringing the status of women at par. Mrs Bushra Arian President Women Wing Sindh said that the elimination of Gender discrimination is the essence of women Development.
The seminar also addressed by other human rights women rights activist and people from civil society. They all agreed and urges the government to implement the existing law in favors of the women.
(Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian)