ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has underlined the need for a comprehensive awareness campaign with the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders to inform and educate the female population of the Country regarding steps taken by the government for the empowerment of the women and to urge them to fully utilize and profit from these initiatives of the government.
In a meeting with the delegation of the Women Business Network at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Friday, the president said that multiple products targeting women had been launched, which include opening bank accounts online without requiring women to visit bank branches and fulfilling cumbersome processes, property rights acts, which have made it mandatory for giving the inheritance to the women.
“Females are also being offered loans on easy terms and conditions”, he added.
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The president said that BISP and Ehsaas programs were extremely effective and were playing a pivotal role in maintaining the data of the women population, providing them with financial stipends, helping them to open bank accounts and creating a digital communication network to communicate with the women of Pakistan through digital, SMS and other such services.
President Arif Alvi said that although there was a pressing need for taking more steps for empowering women both economically and financially and to encourage women to profit and benefit from the laws, programs and initiatives already in the field of empowerment of women.
The president expressed his deep concerns that although the banks have been offering preferred loans to women, however, only 2 to 5% of loans were being availed.
The president called upon all the women’s networks and other relevant organizations in private and government sectors to take decisive action and roll out advocacy and awareness programs to advise the women to fully utilize these loans, which he said will play a pivotal role in their empowerment.
Furthermore, he said that if Pakistan was to make progress, it needed to ensure that its women population was involved in the active economic stream, was empowered financially and economically and equipped with education and marketable skills through the existing skilled-based institutions and also benefiting from the free of cost training and education and programs offered online.
Dr. Arif Alvi said that women parliamentarians, Chambers of Commerce, NGOs and advocacy groups should join hands to develop a comprehensive strategy to reach out to women at the grassroots level and equip them with the information and education for their self-empowerment.
President Arif Alvi said that there was also a need to develop a comprehensive strategy and advocacy campaign to bring the women into the formal structure and elevate them to decision-making positions, which would encourage other women to follow suit.
The president said that the women and the youth bulge of the Country were two great assets, which need to be fully equipped and geared to contribute their pivotal role in the progress and development of the Country.
The president appreciated that women were entering into professional education in reasonable numbers but expressed his concerns that 50% of these women preferred to stay at home without being economically active after graduation, which was a great loss to the Country.
In addition, he urged all the advocacy groups, organizations and parents to ensure that all women graduates of professional colleges enter into the economic mainstream and contribute their share in the development of the Country.
The Women Business Network is a global network of business professionals and corporate leaders to uplift women for key leadership positions in the industry and to create cross-border opportunities for their businesses. It aims to support and connect women’s organisations and cross-sector collaborations, supporting women entrepreneurship, women lead businesses and empowering women businesses through international exchange programs.
Updated on 18/11/22