Women em­pow­er­ment is es­sen­tial for na­tional de­vel­op­ment: CM

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif has said that a ma­jor por­tion of Pak­istan's pop­u­la­tion com­prises women and the coun­try can­not progress with­out pro­vid­ing them education and equal op­por­tu­ni­ties of progress.

He said that un­der the lead­er­ship of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, Pun­jab govern­ment has taken his­toric mea­sures dur­ing last many years for the progress and em­pow­er­ment of women.

He said that Pun­jab govern­ment has pub­lished the first Gen­der Par­ity Re­port in South Asia in the light of which fur­ther mea­sures would be taken for the wel­fare and bet­ter­ment of women so that they could play an ac­tive role for the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the so­ci­ety.

He ex­pressed th­ese views while ad­dress­ing a cer­e­mony in con­nec­tion with the launch of Pun­jab Gen­der Par­ity Re­port 2016 and Gen­der Man­age­ment In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem, here Mon­day. Gov­er­nor Pun­jab Malik Muham­mad Rafique Ra­jwana, Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ters Begum Zakia Shah­nawaz, Aye­sha Ghaus Pasha, Hameeda Wa­heed ud Din, Raja Ash­faq Sar­war, Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sioner Ms. Mar­garet Adam­son, di­plo­mats, Chair­per­son Pun­jab Com­mis­sion on Women Fauzia Viqar, mem­bers as­sem­bly, Chief Sec­re­tary, In­spec­tor Gen­eral Po­lice, Chair­man Plan­ning & De­vel­op­ment, con­cerned sec­re­taries, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of NGOs and large num­ber of women were present on the oc­ca­sion.

Ad­dress­ing the func­tion, the Chief Min­is­ter said that it is an im­por­tant day in Pak­istan's his­tory as Pun­jab govern­ment has taken a lead by launch­ing the first Gen­der Par­ity Re­port 2016 in South Asia. He com­mended the ef­forts of Chair­per­son Pun­jab Com­mis­sion on Women Dr. Fauzia Viqar, her team and con­cerned in­sti­tu­tions on the prepa­ra­tion of the re­port and con­grat­u­lated them.

She­hbaz Sharif said that Is­lam has en­sured great re­spect for women and stressed the im­por­tance of their em­power- ment and pro­vid­ing them equal rights. He said that a Ha­dith of the Holy Prophet has fur­ther en­hanced the re­spect of women by declar­ing that 'Heaven is un­der­neath the feet of the mother".

He said that Pun­jab govern­ment has taken revo­lu­tion­ary mea­sures un­der the lead­er­ship of Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif for the progress and bet­ter­ment of women in ac­cor­dance with the vi­sion of Quaid-e-Azam.

He said that of­fice of Om­budswoman has been set up in Pun­jab while the right of a woman in an­ces­tral prop­erty has been en­sured through leg­is­la­tion and land record man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion sys­tem. He said that women com­mis­sion has also been es­tab­lished for re­solv­ing the prob­lems of women while 15 per­cent quota has been al­lo­cated for women in govern­ment jobs. He said that three years' re­lax­ation in age has also been given to women for govern­ment ser­vice. He said that day­care cen­ters are be­ing set up through­out the prov­ince for the ben­e­fit of work­ing women.

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