Islamabad : “Plant such a tree that shades the neighbor’s house. Human development is possible by spreading the message of peace and love as it never decays. A beautiful society can be built by loving one another”, said Federal Minister for Human Rights, Mr. Khalil George while addressing an awareness seminar on Women’s rights in Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU). He also stressed the fact that we are all equal before the law and must respect it. If we learn to respect the law and perform our duties, we will not even need human rights institutions.
Vice Chancellor AIOU, Prof. Dr. Nasir Mahmood Vice Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University, Prof. Dr. Nasir Mahmood, emphasized the importance of balancing rights with duties to build a prosperous society. He urged the participants, especially the students, to play their part in the development of the country and protection of rights. Dr. Nasir also highlighted that Allama Iqbal Open University is committed to ensuring education for all, and provides free education to the transgender community, disabled persons, and children of martyrs. He stressed that education is a fundamental right and AIOU does not deprive anyone of it due to financial constraints.
This event was organized by the Department of History, AIOU, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Rights. Chairperson, Department of History, Dr. Kishwar Sultana said that the purpose of the session was to spread awareness about women’s rights and acknowledge their services. Executive Director, Ministry of Human Rights, Shiraz Ahmad Khan, and Deputy Director, Ministry of Human Rights Uzair Iqbal, spoke about the initiatives taken by the ministry for the protection of women’s rights. Dr. Malik Hammad from AIOU presented his thesis on human rights.