PIA, UN Women, FOSHPAH ink agreement against harassment
To protect females during the travelling, Pakistan International Airlines, United Nations’ agency UN Women Pakistan and the Federal Ombudsperson for Protection Against Harassment (FOSPAH) Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Islamabad Airport.
According to the 24News HD TV Channel, following the MoU, PIA and UN Women would create awareness and campaigns for a safe travel environment for all women—aircrew or PlA's guests, at airports, offices and during flights.
The MoU implied full implementation of Pakistan Penal Code 509 and Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act, 20 l 0, even onboard.
This makes PIA, the first airline in the world and the first corporate sector organization in Pakistan to champion such an initiative, with a public pledge and an implementation plan to create safer travel and work environment for women.
Recognizing the importance of women's and girls' freedom of inove1nent and the right to harassment-free life, UN Women Pakistan’s Country Representative Sharmeela Rasool said, 'We need to create safe spaces and give women access to safe mobility. When both halves of the population live with their potential, the economies and societies grow. Women are key drivers of economic growth. PIA has just set a trend for the whole world to follow. '
Speaking on the occasion, the PIA Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik said that we pledge as an organization to create a safer transport environment for women, whether it is in the offices or during transportation. He further added that it's a big opportunity for all other corporate organizations to come forward and contribute to national development.
The Federal Ombudsperson Kashmala Tariq congratulated both UN Women and PIA on launching a landmark initiative. She further added that the Federal Ombudsperson secretariat is all geared up in working towards the achievement of safer work and travel environment goals and would provide justice to all those who approach FOSPAH.