Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has stressed strong legislation for an end to the violence against women and prompt justice to the victims for developing complete sense of security to the mothers and sisters in the country.

In his message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women being observed worldwide under the aegis of United Nations on Friday, the PPP chairman said that his party has always struggled for the equal rights to the women and took several steps during in power for protection and empowerment of women in the society.

“PPP is an equal opportunities party. We have elected women as prime minister (first in Muslim world), speaker and ministers, appointed judges and police officers. We established separate women police stations, distributed state land among women and launched Benazir Income Support Programme to uplift women from the lowest strata of the society. However, still more has to be done for women rights and my Party will always lead such efforts in future also like it did in the past,” he added.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that PPP won’t accept any kind of violence against the womenfolk, as they are equal partners in Pakistani nationhood. “Any attempt to isolate, degrade or deprive them of the rights as equal citizens of Pakistan or any soft or hard encouragement from any quarters to promote violence against women would be vehemently resisted by the PPP,” the PPP chairman reiterated.

The chairman pledged that PPP under him would open up more opportunities for women and they would play an active role from frontline to the far-flung areas as vibrant and energetic half of the society. He also invited more and more women to join PPP for a collective emancipation and empowerment, as PPP is the only political party giving equal status to women in every sector.