ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari Friday said the government would create awareness about the laws for people who are differently abled.
“When we would be able to create awareness and change the mindset of society then we can move forward substantively,” she said while addressing a seminar titled “Harassment faced by women with disabilities in Pakistan”.
Dr Mazari said the issue of harassment faced by women with disabilities was a global issue. She said the discrimination in Pakistan comes at family and society level not at state level.
She said the country’s laws provide equal access to women and the society need to tackle the real issue on priority, which the women had been facing, especially with disabilities at the level of society and families.
While talking about women rights, Dr Mazari said women suffered a lot, if women suffered from disability then whole the family had to face the consequences and its impact.
Dr Mazari said the ministry was working on devising new legislation while a bill to protect the rights of people with disabilities had been approved by cabinet, which would be tabled in parliament in next session.
She said the government was committed to ensure the equal access to educational institutions, adding that there was provision in the bill for special educational institutions for the people who are severely disabled.