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Women rights are basically human rights: Omer Aftab

LAHORE, Wednesday, December 09, 2020 (WNP/DL): White Ribbon Wednesday marked ‘World Human Rights Day’ to ensure the protection and realization of women’s rights in Pakistan.

Talking to media White Ribbon Chief Executive Officer Omer Aftab said women’s rights are basically human rights but unfortunately, in Pakistan men and women do not enjoy the equal rights which perpetuate the violence against women.

“We cannot recover better until we stand up for human rights of women in Pakistan. We need to tackle all kinds of inequalities and discrimination against women and girls through creating equal opportunities and protecting their social, cultural and economic rights,” he said

He said violence against women and girls has always been a challenge for Pakistani society but the COVID-19 crisis aggravated it by deepening poverty, rising inequalities, structural discrimination and other gaps in human rights protection.

He said school closures and economic strains left women and girls poorer, out of school and out of jobs, and more vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, forced marriage, and harassment.

White Ribbon is engaging men to showcase practical and inspirational examples that can contribute to recover better and build back a world that is better, more resilient, just, and sustainable, he maintained.

This year’s Human Rights Day theme is “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights” focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring human rights.

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