Women get 10 per cent quota in CSS job
By Ahmad Hassan
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has announced a 10 per cent quota for women in CSS jobs.
Addressing an International Women’s Day ceremony here on Monday, the prime minister also announced that a women ombudsman office would be set up and youth development centres converted into hostels for working women.
He said that the National Commission on Status of Women would be given financial and administrative autonomy and the First Women Bank would be strengthened to focus on promoting economic empowerment of women.
He said the government was committed to the cause of gender equality and fully cognizant of the issues being faced by women in domestic and national life.
He said the government got Dr Fehmida Mirza elected as the first woman speaker of the Muslim world and a number of National Assembly standing committees were headed by women. A women caucus with representatives of all political parties was actively working in the National Assembly. Mr Gilani said the Sindh government had distributed 43,000 acres of state land among 4196 peasants, most of them women.
The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) with an initial allocation of Rs34 billion was launched to help destitute women.
He said being a signatory to various UN conventions relating to women emancipation, especially the convention on elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, convention on rights of children and millennium development goals, Pakistan was working to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.
He said a bill to curb domestic violence was also in the process of enactment and a law to enable women to own property and assets was also being formulated.