New Delhi: Inaugurating a seminar on ‘Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar urged Asian parliamentarians to stand together against physical and mental harassment of women.

“Despite 45 women presiding officers in Parliaments across the world and implementation of laws against domestic violence in two-thirds of countries, 76 percent women have been victims of either physical or sexual violence,” she said here on Thursday.

“Such situation is neither good for any country nor for the world. So, it is important for all of us to get together and find a solution regarding this,” she added.

The first session of the seminar was headed by Kumari Selja, Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Minister of Culture following which the MP of Maldives, Eva Abdulla, chaired the second session.

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Theo-Ben Gurirab said the society where we work together can grow.

Several MPs, United Nations officials, human rights activists, the judiciary and government agencies took part as panelists.

(JPN/Bureau)