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NCSW holds consultations to discuss Sindh local government act & system

KARACHI, Pakistan: The Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) Nilofar Bakhtiar, in collaboration with the Sindh Commission on the Status of Women and Bardasht Foundation, held consultations at Avari Towers in Karachi on Monday to discuss the Local Government Act and System in Sindh.

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Various civil society organizations, media representatives, and politicians were present at the event. Women’s representation in the local government of Sindh was the focus of the consultations.

Different recommendations were tabled with a prime focus on ensuring 33% representation of women at national, provincial, and local government levels.

The Chairperson NCSW reiterated the role of women in policy formulation and implementation and how this increased representation would safeguard women’s interests and rights.

Other recommendations included reserving either the chairperson or vice-chairperson position for women in all panels and increasing quota for minorities, people with special abilities, transgender, and women to guarantee that their voices and concerns are reflected at the higher levels of government.

While speaking on the occasion, Nilofar Bakhtiar said: “Women representation in the lowest tier of government, that is, local government is crucial for ensuring the formulation and implementation of gender-specific policies.”

The consultation ended with the concluding remarks from the Chairperson NCSW who expressed that this endeavor would make certain that political participation of women increases throughout the Country.

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