Women participation vital for country's uplift, prosperity: Speaker National Assembly -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Women participation vital for country’s uplift, prosperity: Speaker National Assembly

ISLAMABAD : Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza has said that women should be given maximum participation in every field of life to bring them in the mainstream of development keeping in view their population ratio.
In her message on the occasion of the International Womens Day, she said that miscreants involved in violence and oppression against women would be dealt with sternly, so that deterrence is created against such acts.
Dr Fehmida Mirza is the first woman Speaker of the National Assembly in the history of Pakistan and has also performed as the first acting President of Pakistan, under the Constitution, in the absence of the President.
She said that womenfolk comprise more than 50 percent of the total population of the country and their participation is imperative for the national development and prosperity.
She said that it was the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to empower women so that they could better contribute to the national development. In our society, she observed, women are subjected to violence, economic exploitation and lack of basic healthcare facilities and education.
The Speaker NA was of the view that present government was committed to bringing changes in the relevant laws to provide safe working environment for women. She said that the government was committed to providing basic healthcare facilities and education to women and has allocated substantial funds for this purpose.
She said that women are being made economically empowered, adding that women entrepreneurs are being encouraged to play active role in economic activity.
Dr Fehmida referred to the Women Parliamentary Caucus in the National Assembly, saying that it was formed with the objectives for protecting women rights and empowering them politically and economically. Women Caucus would leave no stone unturned in mobilising the collective power of women to make Pakistan, the region and the world more tolerant, harmonious and secure, she added.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:3/8/2009