Comprehensive reforms package to empower women introduced

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—The Punjab government has introduced comprehensive reforms package to empower and strengthen the womenfolk so that they could fully exploit their potential and play the due role in national development. This package is blend of administrative and legal reforms; and is a comprehensive roadmap, which has put the country to progress. Now, Pakistan is known for its conducive environment towards the womenfolk.
Punjab Woman Development Minister Hameeda Waheeduddin said this while addressing the daycare’s inauguration ceremony at the Punjab Education Foundation head office on Wednesday. Chairman Qamar ul Islam Raja and MD Tariq Mahmood, besides a large number of female staff, also attended the ceremony. The daycare is setup through financial support from the Women Development Department.
The Minister gave a detailed overview of different steps taken by the Punjab government to strengthen the overall status of women in the society. She said that 56 day cares have already been set up in different government departments in the Punjab.
An amount of Rs. 900 million has been earmarked for the construction of working women hostels, and it is satisfying that these hostels have already been set up in 16 different districts. Similarly, family court complexes have been constructed in ten districts while land has been identified in seven other districts for setting up family courts.
She told that women help desks have been established in 680 police stations in the province, where women staff is available to facilitate the female visitors. It is good to note that nine thousand canteens have been managed by the female contractors in girls’ schools in different districts.
The Minister maintained that land revenue related amendments, including provision of equal inheritance rights, have elevated the societal status of the women at the grassroots and given them new hopes and a resilient confidence.

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