Media coverage of the International Women’s Day celebration organized by Federal Ombudsperson Secretariat for Protection against Harassment (FOSPAH) and Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC)

Ms. Fauzia Viqar, Federal Ombudsperson against Harassment, a staunch advocate for gender equality and women's empowerment, is deeply committed to creating safe working environments for women and to ensuring protection against harassment for all labour force. 

In pursuit of this objective the Federal Ombudsperson Secretariat for Protection against Harassment (FOSPAH) in collaboration with the Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC) organized an awareness session at the Rawalpindi Chambers of Commerce to commemorate International Women’s Day.
The event aimed not only to celebrate the invaluable contributions of women but also to address the prevalent challenges hindering their success. 

Ms. Aqsa Shakeel, an esteemed employee at RWMC, delivered the introductory remarks, highlighting the pressing issue of harassment that often casts a shadow over women's professional endeavors. She emphasized that harassment is a global concern and commended FOSPAH for its proactive initiatives. She also lauded the constitution of an inquiry committee at RWMC based on FOSPAH's recommendations.

Mr. Saqib Rafiq, Chairman of RWMC, reiterated the company's commitment to ensuring a harassment-free workplace, expressing zero tolerance for such behavior. He emphasized the pivotal role women play in the progress of Pakistan and pledged full support to empower them.

Ms. Meher Jamy, Law Officer at FOSPAH, shed light on the procedures available for lodging harassment complaints emphasizing that all genders, including transgendered individuals, are protected under the law. She outlined the definition of harassment and elaborated on the expanded scope of the law, highlighting its focus on real issues at the workplace. Ms. Jamy also provided insights into the complaint process, emphasizing FOSPAH's commitment to speedy disposal and fair adjudication. In this regard, she informed the participants that FOSPAH had launched its Helpline No. 03444 367 367 which is open Monday to Friday (09:00 am to 05:00 pm) for persons wishing to seek information regarding the harassment law.

Ms. Viqar, who was the Chief guest at the Session, highlighted the significance of recognizing and addressing harassment, emphasizing FOSPAH's role in facilitating justice for victims. Ms. Viqar encouraged women to raise their voices against harassment and assured the complete support and protection of FOSPAH. She also the addressed the participants concerns regarding retaliation and the timeframe of proceedings, assuring swift action and assistance to complainants free of cost.

During the session, Mr. Rafiq suggested maintaining a database of convicted individuals to deter future misconduct, a suggestion that garnered significant attention and support. The event concluded on a promising note, with participants inspired to advocate for gender equality and empowered to combat harassment in all its forms.