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Symposium advocates for rights of women and girls from religious minorities in Pakistan

National symposium to safeguard minority rights

To protect the rights of women and girls from religious minorities, the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) held a significant symposium in Islamabad on June 27.

The event brought together a diverse array of stakeholders to campaign against forced religious conversions and underage marriages, aiming to safeguard these vulnerable groups.

Fr. Bernard Emmanuel, National Director of NCJP, and Bishop Samson Shukardin of the Diocese of Hyderabad, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Pakistan, were prominent attendees.

Participants included representatives from the legal community, lawmakers, government agencies, and religious organizations, highlighting the critical need for collaborative efforts to address the injustices faced by women and girls from religious minorities.

Discussions focused on social interventions, legislative measures, and cooperative strategies to protect their rights and safety.

The symposium illuminated a shared commitment to fostering a just and inclusive society where everyone can live with freedom and dignity, irrespective of their religious beliefs.

The program concluded with a powerful call to action, urging all sectors of society to unite in defense of religious minorities' rights and to promote equality and respect for all.

This national symposium marked a significant step forward in amplifying marginalized voices and encouraging a society that values acceptance and tolerance.

NCJP and other stakeholders pledged to continue working together to uphold and protect the rights of women and girls from religious minorities, paving the way for a brighter future for them.


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