Women empowerment is essential for national development: CM
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.