Culture-sensitive approaches for women reproductive health urged


Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar Wednesday urged culture-sensitive approaches for all initiaatives and projects for women’s Reproductive Health and Rights (RHR) at district level. She was speaking at a launching ceremony of a study titled “Strengthening Governance in Health System for Reproductive Health and Rights (RHR) in Pakistan by National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW).
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that no law could be implemented if the society rejected to change its traditions and norms. She also stressed the need to engage men in all advocacy efforts. Saira Tarar termed lack of human resource the biggest challenge for health sector at district level.
“There is no short cut to women’s empowerment. We need to educate them and aware them of their rights for substantial change. Chairperson Provincial Commission on the Status of Women for Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Neelum Toru recommended collaborative efforts and building connections to improve the situation. MPA Shameela Aslam talked about the social mindset that discourages women from utilizing their full potential.