Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2016

World Women Day observed in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: Like other parts of the world, International Women Day was observed in Pakistan on Tuesday with aimed at to highlight role of rural women in national development and raised their issues at national and international levels.

In this connection, many event was arranged by government and non government organizations and civil society members to expressed solidarity with the 51 percent population of the country.

President Mamnoon Hussain in his message on the day said that the government was committed to protect women from all sorts of exploitation and marginalization, besides providing them equal opportunities and an enabling environment to grow and excel in every sphere of life according to their capabilities.

The President said in order to achieve goals in this regard, a strong partnership of the government and all relevant stakeholders, including women themselves, was required at every level.

The President said the Day called upon the world community to take concrete steps for implementation of the SDGs in letter and spirit and to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, gender- balanced leadership and develop more inclusive and flexible cultures for women.

“Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity,” he added.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said that the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform would be made an ideal work-place for women so that they could contribute effectively in national development.

The minister was speaking at a cake cutting ceremony in the ministry to mark International Women Day.

The minister directed the authorities concerned to set up a day care centre at the ministry to facilitate the working mothers and ordered constituting a committee for the purpose.

Acting President Mian Raza Rabbani stressed need for including Anti-Honour Killings Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015, and Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015, in the agenda of the Joint Sitting of the Parliament.

Talking to a group of women parliamentarians and female officers from the Senate in connection with International Women Day, the acting President said March 8 was recognized as International Women’s Day, a global day to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women in the past, present, and future; and to recognize the obstacles that women face in the struggle for equal rights and opportunities.

Commemoration of the Day, he said, should not be limited to holding functions and making speeches rather it was a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan said that his party was committed to empowering women and providing them a secure enabling environment to fully contribute in nation building.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman Pakistan People’s Party said that women were equal partners in Pakistani nationhood and any attempt to isolate, degrade or deprive them of the rights as equal citizens of Pakistan would be vehemently resisted by the PPP.

PPP Chairman stated that his Party has always fought for women’s equal rights since its very inception and shall continue the struggle for the emancipation of women from all the injustices and atrocities. –APP


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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology