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Dialogue event with Parliamentarians on promotion and protection of agrarian women in Punjab under INSPIRED+Pakistan project (EU) Lahore., Lahore


Dialogue event with Parliamentarians on promotion and protection of agrarian women in Punjab under INSPIRED+Pakistan project (EU) Lahore.
Aurat Foundation organized a dialogue with Members Provincial Assembly on 31st January 2019 in Hotel Avari in which some member parliamentarians from different political parties participated.
The aim to hold the dialogue was to share the gaps identified in “Participatory Policy Assessment “and to present the road map for the promotion and protection of agrarian women Punjab
The members Punjab Assembly has committed that they will present the resolution in assembly and will work with collaboration of concerned departments in future.
The formal meeting started with the welcome note and introduction of participants by Ms. Nabeela Shaheen (AF) Then Ms. Sarah Shiraz (AF) has shared the brief introduction of the project & the achievements in the previous year. After the consultation meetings, focus group discussions, field assessment and interview we are able to compile this road map. She also shared the Agriculture Department, Labor Department and Women Development Department played their active role and with their support we were able to present the way forward for the protection of Agrarian women rights.
Mr. Muhamad Shahid (Labour Department) shared the brief presentation of road map and explained that it is extracted by the Participatory Policy Assessment which was conducted under the INSPIRED+Pakistan .He also narrated short term,Mid Term and long term recommendations with the role of concerned department which can take up the issues faced by agrarians women for the policy changes and other preventive measures .
At the end Ms. Beelum Husnain (Ex MNA PPP) applauded the efforts of Aurat Foudation and EU for taking the lead towards highlighting issues of agrarian’s women and she urged that serious efforts are needed from Parliamentarians, Concerned Govt. departments and civil society to uplift that very important segment of society who are contributing a lot in our country,s  economy .
The participants appreciated the work and give their valuable input in this regard. 

Some recommendations as below:

Health mobile units in fields to look after the health of working women.
Wash hands program to promote the awareness among them
There must be the schools and informal education system for the children of agrarian women.
Employer should pay for the maternity leave and benefits at least for first 2 babies.
The property possession of free land of Oqaaf and Government should be given to those women who are directly working in this sector. 
Working hours (time) should be defined.
There must be a limit of minimum wages and paid in terms of monetary.
There rights should be protected under the Labor Laws.
Some easy and short-term loan schemes and training should be plan for the betterment of agrarian women. 
All the participants showed keen interest and become part of legislative watch group and some parliamentarians showed their commitment to present relavant resolutions on such issues in Punjab Assembly. 

List is below;

1. Dr. Farzana (PLM-N)
2. Ms. Uzma Kardar (PTI)
3. Ms. Faiza Malik (Ex-MPA -PPP)
4. Ms. Marie Gill (Ex MPA & Advocate)
5. Ms. Rukhsana Kauser (PML-N)
6. Ms. Neelum Hayat (PTI)
7. Ms. Belum Husnain (Ex-MNA)