Henrik Persson, the ambassador of the Sweden Embassy in Pakistan
, accompanied by UN Women Pakistan (a non-profit organization) for violence against women, attended a ceremony celebrating the efforts made by the champions of the 16 Days Of Activism to end the violence against women in the past year.
Persson appreciated the efforts of stakeholders and the people who stood firm against the violence and inequality for women along with gender-based violence mindset.
“No country is unaffected. Gender-based violence could be found everywhere. Clear policies, legislation and changes of attitude are necessary.” Said Henrik Persson.
As per the reports, the celebration included various activities to spread safety awareness and end violence against women. Authorities held a panel discussion event with the representatives of the corporate giants ‘Ericsson Atlas Copco Pakistan’ and ‘food panda’.
The primary motive for hosting these corporate sector companies was to promote and ensure the theme of creating harassment-free workplaces for all women and men, irrespective of gender.
During the celebration ceremony, the hosts presented various awards and honoured the officials and representatives from Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan.
Furthermore, at the event, several top-level government officials of Pakistan were present along with parliamentarians, diplomats, UN officials, civil society members and other partners. All the mentioned parties played their respective roles in the smooth conduct of the entire event.
The officials at the event expressed their deep concern and condemned the cases of gender-based discrimination and violence against women. They further acknowledged that violence in the workplace is also a severe issue that should be tackled and resolved in society.
Officials added that gender-based violence is a severe violation and exploitation of fundamental human rights. It is an attack on dignity and integrity as well as a person’s physical and psychological state.
Such incidents can occur in various places, such as,
– Working at home
– Travelling to work or home
– In public places
– At Workplace
Pakistani authorities, accompanied by the Sweden embassy, critically stated that violence and harassment, whether sexual or mental, have no place in the work and our society in any condition. Such actions should not be tolerated.
The officials from the embassy of Sweden in Pakistan said that they are committed to making all spaces safe by speaking up against all forms of violence.