Fiza hails women commission bill passage ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The unanimous passage of National Commission on the Status of Women Bill, 2012 by the Senate is a great leap forward for the cause of women empowerment in the country. The Bill was already passed by the National Assembly on January19, 2012. The Women’s Commission, with complete administrative and financial autonomy, will go a long way in empowering women in all facets of national activity. Honorary Goodwill Ambassador for Women Empowerment, Syeda Fiza Batool Gilani, expressed these views on the eve of passage of historic National Commission on the Status of Women bill from the Senate. The Goodwill Ambassador said that the Women’s Commission, armed with financial and administrative autonomy with powers of a civil court, will be a huge improvement over its predecessors, which have largely remained toothless due to lack of their independent status. She also pointed out that the role of Parliamentary Committee in the formation of Commission will bring transparency, impartiality and consensus in its working. Coming on the heels of “ Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Bill, 2008” and “ Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Act, 2011”, this bill, once enacted into law after presidential assent, will herald a significant change in the condition of women across the country. Through the passage of this bill, the democratically-elected government has fulfilled one of its promises for the emancipation and empowerment of Pakistani women, Fiza Gilani emphasized. Fiza Gilani hailed the passage of the bill as the fruit of years of effort of Parliamentary Women Caucus. The Caucus was established by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Fahmida Mirza, for taking up the women-related issues more vigorously and relentlessly. The Caucus has been pursuing the passage of this bill for the last three years and eventually they have made its mark. She also appreciated the women’s rights bodies’ lobbying for the passage of the bill. Fiza Gilani expressed her commitment for the protection and promotion of social, political, economic and legal rights of women as provided in the Constitution and also in accordance with international declarations, treaties and agreements relating to women, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.