*PRESS RELEASE*

*IMMEDIATE AND PROPER MEASURES ARE REQUIRED FOR EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATIVE OF
WOMEN, RELIGIOUS MINORITIES, LABOR AND YOUTH IN LOCAL BODY ECTIONS 2015 IN
PUNJAB PROVINCE: ECUMENICAL COMMISSION FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT *

*Lahore, September 16, 2015:* The human rights defenders, political
activists and peace builders belonging to the academia, civil society
organizations, political parties and media both male and female got
together in seminar and interactive theatre performance on “*Equal
Opportunities and Citizenship for All*” to expressed their grave concern
over the ineffective representative of women, religious minorities, peasant
and youth in coming local body election 2015 have capped upon the immediate
attention of the state institutions, political parties and all other
stakeholders to give special attention for equal citizenship and
opportunities to marginalized groups and communities in country.

This event was organized by Ecumenical Commission for Human Development, a
faith based Christian advocacy, humanitarian aid and development agency,
dedicated to build a world free from poverty, disease and injustice and to
support women, religious minorities and other excluded groups; where they
are suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of
their faiths and gender in Pakistan.

The speakers of the event include Mr. Souniel Mehboob, Suba Sroya, Tariq
Awan, Ihtsham Ravi, Hafiz Muhammad Nauman Hamid and other honorable
guests. The key speakers were extremely articulate in enlightening the
participants on the socio political situation of the country, the
constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and lack of equal
citizenship to religious minorities, ineffective representation of women,
religious minorities and other marginalized groups in local body election
in Punjab province, *Composite Heritage*: Way forward towards equal
citizenship & peace building in the country, role of religious leadership