It has been observed that in Pakistan the realization of women’s right is not simply a matter of feminism it is a movement that should be mainstreamed and encouraged to eliminate violence against women and children. The discourse on women’s rights about respect, dignity and human rights has been openly acknowledged but not practiced. It is a violence of human rights when women and girls are sold in to the slavery of prostitution. The women’s rights were infringed when they are doused with gasoline set on fire and burned to death because their marriage dowries are deemed too small. They are raped in their own communities or raped as a tactic or prize of war.
APWA Punjab in this respect struggled to provide justice and protection to the effected and arranged seminars and programmes for legal awareness, legal research and legal aid for the deprived women. On 6th February 2016 APWA Free Legal Aid Cell was launched on the objectives to provide free legal advocacy/awareness programmes to all areas of Punjab. The Legal Aid Cell will also continue the Legal Research and Legal Aid to women litigants. APWA will enhance its role to curb the increasing violence and lawlessness against women, children and the vulnerable sections of the society. The Legal Aid Centre shall be managed by Ms.Shamsa Ali, Ms. Ghazala Khan and Mr. Shamim Malik, Advocates of Supreme Court.
The first step to obtain legal aid from APWA Free Legal Cell is to fill an applicant form for the preliminary information .Then to submit the legal aid form to the concerned Head of legal cell. The Legal Aid Head will then guide the applicant and precede the case in the court of law. 8 applicants have filed cases under the Apwa Legal Cell.
APWA Published a book on prevailing women laws in Pakistan. APWA printed a 10 page booklet on women’s rights in Pakistan. It focus on the main laws affecting women’s status in our male dominant society..It identifies the legal remedies available for the elimination of discrimination against women. It is a guide line for the multiple issues faced by our women.
It is Apwa’s effort to promote legal awareness for the working groups,NGOs, CSOs, CBOs, NPOs and Civil Society at large. It consist of, Muslim Family Laws, 25-A Right Of Education, The Guardians And Wards Act, Child Marriage Restraint Act, The Dissolution Of Marriage Act, The Bridal And Dowry Gifts Restriction Act. The Protection against Harassment of Women at The Workplace Act And The Acid Control And Acid Crime Prevention Act