LAHORE: The Chief Minister's Special Monitoring Unit organized Women Motorcycle Riders Rally under Women on Wheels Project at Faisalabad on Sunday.
The rally started from Main Gate of Agriculture University and culminated on the same spot after passing through University Road, Zila Council Chowk and Halal Ahmar Chowk. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, Senior Member Special Monitoring Unit Salman Sufi, DCO Salman Ghani and Vice Chancellor UAF Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan led the women Motorcycle Rally by riding the motorcycles.
Parliamentarians Begum Khalida Mansoor, Madeha Rana, Dr. Najma Afzal, CTO Arif Shahbaz Khan Wazeer, representatives of civil society and others officials were also present on the occasion. More than 60 trained motorcycle riders women graduates participated in the rally.
Earlier, a certificate distribution ceremony was held at New Senate Hall of UAF. Addressing the ceremony, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan Said that government was taking revolutionary steps to empower the women and various steps are initiated including Women on Wheels. He said that Women Protection Act was also part of measures taken by Punjab Govt. for the safety and development of the women.
He said that Women on Wheels is another remarkable project of Special Monitoring Unit under the CM directions which has been taken to make the women self reliance for their movement to reach the place of employment, Schools, University and other sites for their domestic necessities.
The Law Minister said that the 50 percent population of the country comprising on Women and it is the need of hour to engage them in economic activities and to fight taboos being made on gender discrimination. He told CM Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has been approved Rs 100 Million for providing support to motorcycle riders women and more funds would also be provided in case of further need.
He congratulated the women those have completed their Motorcycle riding training successfully and asked them to promote the culture of riding herself and respect the Traffic rules, decency and Islamic norms during driving.
He said Dolphan Force has been working efficiently in Lahore and soon this force would be introduced in Faisalabad, which would help to decrease the street crimes and the protection of women while riding on road via Motorcycle as well.
Senior Member Special Monitoring Unit Salman Sufi said women on wheel project has been initiated by the Special Monitoring Unit Chief Minister office in Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Multan ,in collaboration with City District Govt. City Traffic Police and Honda Atlas as the Partner.
He said this project is set to expand to all 36 districts of Punjab and aims to create motorcycles as a norm for female mobility in the public space. He told a mega rally would be held at Lahore on 27 November in which all Women-on-Wheels graduates from all 5 districts would be invited to participate.
DCO Salman Ghani said women on wheels program in Faisalabad was the commendable step to encourage the women for riding the motorcycle. He urged the women to get the benefit from the program and to become an active member of society in term of socio economic activities. He informed that two mega projects of girl’s hostels having the capacity of one thousand boarders each were being completed under the special initiative of CM Punjab, which was prominent step of women development and welfare.
The Motorcycle riding trained women appreciated the project of Women on Wheels and said that Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif had taken a number of steps for the betterment and development of the women and this project would provide facilities to the women for their independent mobility.