Balochistan launches Gender Equality, Women Empowerment Policy on Human Rights Day.

QUETTA -- Women Development Department (WDD) Balochistan, in collaboration with UN Women Pakistan, launched the Provincial Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Policy (2020-2024) here on Thursday. The policy was approved by the Provincial Cabinet earlier in the month of October. Addressing the launching ceremony, which coincided with the commemoration of International Human Rights Day and culmination of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV), the Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan said that the approval and launch of the policy reaffirms the commitment of the provincial government towards advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women in the province. The launch event was attended by parliamentarians, provincial government officials, members of civil society, representatives from UN and donor agencies and media. The Chief Minister said, 'Today is an important day for the women of Balochistan. Effective implementation of this policy, which provides a guideline to all departments, will help uplift the status of women in the province.' Jam Kamal added that anti-harassment cells have been established at district level across the province to ensure women work in harassment free environment. 'For the first time...

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