Primary function of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women is to promote and protect women’s rights in all spheres of life. It is essential to build capacity of all local government incumbents about the new laws, amendments, policies, proper filling of Nikah Nama, registration, and rights of women, etc. as denial of women’s rights in marriage, often emanates from improper filling of Nikah Nama and improper registration thereof. PCSW is going to train 38793 Nikah Registrars, 4015 UC Secretaries and 4015 UC Chairpersons in Punjab (Cost 87.937 m).
A total number of 1294 trainings for Nikah Registrars and 260 trainings for UC Secretaries/UC Chairpersons will be conducted in 36 districts of Punjab for the said purpose. With this training activity, the awareness among fairly large number of Local Government officials about important laws and amendments in laws e.g. Birth Registration, Inheritance, Muslim Family Laws, and Marriage Restraint Act, Child Marriage Act and Women Protection Act, etc. and their responsibilities as Nikah Registrars, UC Secretaries and Tehsil Officers would be increased. As a matter of the fact, this would help in protecting women against harmful practices including child and early age marriages. This would also help in protecting women against exploitation and discrimination and also help in protection of their rights in case of divorce which are often denied at the time of Nikah.
The self-explanatory Training Manual, containing updated information on Muslim Family Laws, other pro-women laws and amendments was developed in the begning of the project. Out of 50,000 copies 28,000 manuals have been disseminated to the Nikah Regsirars and LG Officials during the training sessions.
In 8 Divisions of Punjab (Lahore, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Sargodha, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad) 310 Master Trainers (192 Male & 118 Female) have been trained. These Master Trainers imparted training to Nikah Registrars and Local Government Officials in their respective districts.
In the 1st phase, trainings have been imparted in 21 districts of the Punjab including Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Sahiwal, Okara, Pakpattan, Multan, Vehari, Lodhran, Khanewal, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Mianwali, Bhakkar and Khushab, in which 23, 231 Nikah Registrars and UC Secretaries & Chairmen have been trained. 857 training sessions were organized in which 20,461 Nikah Registrars, 2012 UC secretaries, 700 UC Chairmen, 32 Women Councilors and 26 others participated. 97 % Nikah Registrars, 94 % UC secretaries and 35 % UC Chairmen attended the trainings.
In the 2ndphase, training of remaining 20,899 Nikah Registrars and Local Government Officials (17,203 NRs & 3696 LG Officials) of 15 districtsincluding Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, MandiBahauddin, Hafizabad, Narowal, Faisalabad, Chiniot, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh will be conducted.