The civil society’s hard work paid off!!
With chief minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah approving the appointment of a chairperson and the members for the Sindh Commission on Status of Women (SPCSW), the commission has finally started its operations in Sindh.
On April 6, 2015, the Sindh Assembly had passed the Sindh Commission on Status of Women Act, which was assented to by the then governor Sindh on May 12. As per the law, the Sindh government was bound to constitute a commission, to be known as the Sindh Provincial Commission on the Status of Women (SPCSW), to exercise the powers and functions conferred upon it within 90 days of passage of the law. The commission under the law is to comprise 21 members, including a chairperson.
In a letter issued by the provincial ministry on women development on Friday September 08, 2017, prominent women’s rights activist Nuzhat Shirin was appointed as the head of the autonomous pro-women body. In compliance with Section 6 of the Sindh Commission on Status of Women Act, 2015 Shirin has been appointed the chairperson for a period of three years.
The activist is currently serving as the provincial coordinator with the National Commission for Human Rights and is also an active member of the Women’s Action Forum. She has a 30-year experience in the field of women’s rights and has worked with various government and non-government organisations, including the federal women ministry, the Aurat Foundation and the HomeNet Pakistan.