PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on Status of Women (KPCSW) has launched Web Portal to enhance and promote women empowerment agenda.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on Status of Women (KPCSW) has inaugurated a Web portal that is aimed to promote women empowerment agenda in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The launching ceremony ofKPCSW website (kpcsw.gov.pk),was organized by Blue veins under a project “Policy advocacy and research to strengthen implementation of pro-women legislation and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) response services in KP” with assistance from Australian Government and Trócaire. The aim of the ceremony was to explain the features of the website.The website contains information on the KPCSW, including its mandate, day-to-day activities and its efforts to empower women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Neelam Toru, Chairperson, KPCSW, Qamar Naseem, Program Coordinator, Blue Veins and Abdul Qadir, Coordination Officer, KPCSW shared their views regarding need and significance of online presence for KPCSW.

Blue Veins staff appraised the attendees with the launch of the KPCSW website, a recent initiative to project the KPCSW to a larger woman populace. They further elaborated the different aspects of the website and answered queries pertaining to it. The website features a user-friendly interface with up-to-date information on the KPCSW. It additionally serves as a portal for updated news and information on its day-to-day activities including the formation of DCSWs (District Committees), various projects and concerned legislation, policies, reports and studies. It also provides an opportunity section which is soon to be updated with the latest developments.

Ms.Neelum Toru,Chairperson of KPCSW stated, “We are excited about our website launch and the robust information it provides for the public, other government/non-government departments and media to better understand our vision, mission and mandate. We believe that this website will allow our visitors to have a useful information as we continue to grow and increase our efforts to oversee implementation of laws, policies and programs related to women and propose new measures where gaps exist.” Ms. Toru also explained the nature and scope of work of the KPCSW.

Additionally, she elaborated how the web portal will serve as a bridge between the DCSWs and other different government and non- government departments related to women’s rights.
QamarNaseem Program Coordinator Blue Veins said “National human rights institutions (NHRIs) are now, beyond a doubt, valued as essential actors in the task of protecting and promoting human rights at the national and regional levels. To this end, they must work with one another to meet evolving developments and challenges in the exercise of human rights by all. As more people rely on ICTs to realize their rights, and as states are increasingly moving to regulate the internet, NHRIs must take a proactive approach to ensure that this new space remains an enabling one for the exercise of human rights”

Mr. Abdul Qadir,Coordination Officer, KPCSWshed light on the proposed/tentative future initiatives in relation to the online presence of the KPCSW. The Commission has drawn up a plan to encapsulate the widest scope of actions and goals that may be achieved through the website. A key element in the plan is to develop a forum through the website to enable members of the general public to record their complaints and recommendations so that the Commission may act upon them as per its mandate.

The website has been developed in lines with the principles of public access to information. It will serve as a bridge between the public and KPCSW on the issues related to women.

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