The Sindh Commission on the Status of Women ACT 2015 was passed by the Provincial Assembly Sindh on 6th of April, 2015, assented by the Governor of Sindh on 12th of May, 2015. The Sindh Commission on the Status of Women (SCSW)) was established on September 08, 2017 after rigorous efforts of Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) with the support of Provincial Steering Forum (PSF), women rights activists and media persons. Sindh Provincial Commission on the Status of Women (SPCSW) performs the functions assigned to it for promotion of social, economic, political and legal rights of women.
SPO organized an inauguration ceremony of the SCSW in Karachi on 29th of the November 2017. In addition to civil society organizations, Provincial Steering Forum (PSF), media and academia, representatives of Women Development Department, Social Welfare Department, Human Rights Department, Home Department and Chairperson of Sindh Commission On the Status of Women, attended the event. Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Women Development, Ms. Stacy Greenes – First Secretary Development Corporation Australian High Commission, Ms. Ishrat Jabeen, Programme Director, Trócaire, Ms. Najma Khan-Program Manager Gender, Australian Government and Ms. Saira Shahliani, Convener, Sindh Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) Assembly were also present at the inauguration ceremony of SCSW.
The Australian High Commission praised the government departments collaboration with civil society to serve the pro women laws in Sindh Province. Chairperson of the SCSW Ms. Nuzhat shared that SCSW would develop and implement three-year strategic plan of actions to meet the demands of vulnerable women in Sindh by making three to four model women friendly districts in Sindh. Ms. Saira Shahliani convener Women Parliamentary Caucus highlighted the mutual areas of cooperation between Women Parliamentary Caucus and SCSW. Ms. Iram Khalid, Special Assistant to CM shared that SCSW as corporate and autonomous body would serve the demand and supply side of the pro women legislation and implementation in Sindh. Ms. Kalpna Devi member of SPO general body and AAG termed the efforts of the SPO under the project worth mentioning in the history