Aurat Foundation, UN Women celebrate Int’l Women Day

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Islamabad—Aurat Foundation organized a special event in collaboration with UN Women to mark the International Women’s Day here on Tuesday.
Pakistan women are making the country proud by excelling in different walks of life. The USAID-supported Gender Equity Program (GEP) of Aurat Foundation celebrated their achievements at a joint event.
The accomplishment of outstanding women service motivational examples reflecting this year International Women Day theme of “Planet-50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,”.
The country representative of UN Women Jamshed Qazi, Chief Operating Officer of Aurat Foundation Naeem Mirza delivered remarks on the occasion.
They expressed admiration for immense resilience and potentional of Pakistani women and dicussed their struggle for equality within the context of global women movement.
Beneficiaries of GEP and UN women also gave testimonies and narrated their experiences. Attiya is a Home based worker from Rawalpindi and beneficiaries of GEP despite being an educated women. She was unaware of labour laws until GEP trained her.
“My co-workers and I learned about the International Labour Organization convention about the rights of home based workers and laws against harrasment at the workplace. This training gave us the courage to raise our voices for our rights,” she said.
Fazeelat from Kasor also shared her experiences with the audience as beneficiaries as UN women she transformed into an independent enterprenior from a home based worker.
With a skill and training she had learned from UN women intervention. She had started her own Muhala based organization called Jazba. She now runs a successful business of handbags and school bags.
Pakistan has produced successful women of great talent including a nobel lureate, the first PM of the Muslim State and the two time Oscar winner.
The recent legislation against domestic violence also indicates that the Pakistani State and nation are ready to step up gender equality.
The lively event included theoretical and musical performances on the theme of women empowerment in addition to panel discussion in which prominent women from diversed fields took part.
The International women has been celebrated every year on since March 8, 1975 and served as reminder of the need for gender balanced inclusive and equitable policies and practices nationally and globally.—APP

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