ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Women Parliamentary Caucus organized a Ceremony at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad collaboration with the UN Women Pakistan on Thursday in connection with the International Women’s Day.
In his remarks, the Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Dr Fehmida Mirza said that it is very encouraging to see Women Parliamentarian Caucus achieving significant progress and also congratulated on successfully completing 10 years.
Dr Fehmida Mirza also reinforced that during this time period, there were a number of challenges that they had to face but were all addressed with the collective efforts of the Women Parliamentary Caucus.
While taking immense pride over the achievements of the Parliamentary Caucus, she expressed that this was her brainchild, and also that the current government is all committed to ensure social and economic empowerment of women. The Ehsaas Programme is one such example, she emphasized.
In her speech, the minister appreciated the fact that women in Pakistan are very competent. She said that they are playing their role in the development of the Country in all political, economic, and social domains.
Fehmida Mirza underscored that despite the fact that women are coming forward in politics and comprise 21% of the total parliamentarians, the overall statistics available showing strength of the working women are not very encouraging. Therefore, she stressed that still more efforts are to be made in order to bring equality in the numbers of working women to that of men.
The federal minister also lamented the fact that females are deprived of the right to Inheritance in Pakistan. Therefore, she underscored that awareness needs to be created amongst the general public more so in women so that they fight for their due rights she emphasized.
“Strong woman stands up for herself and stronger women stand up for everyone else,” she concluded.
– @julienmh, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Pakistan, message on International women’s day event hosted by Women Parliamentary Caucus in collaboration with @unwomen_pak . #IWD2020 #GenerationEquality pic.twitter.com/uqij0pbmYr
— Women’s Parliamentary Caucus Pakistan (@wpc_pak) March 12, 2020
The Ceremony was also attended by President Dr Arif Alvi, the Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood, the Federal Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal, senior diplomats, and UN representatives.