Syed Ali Qasim
In wake of the political emancipation of Pakistan, a great change is visible in the life and destiny of the Pakistani women. Benefits of liberal education and social accomplishments have paved the way for women to play a more meaningful and constructive role. Today, if they wish to work or be self-supporting and share family responsibilities, they are quite free to do so, provided their integrity and honour are safeguarded.
Over the past many years, there has been a steady rise in the share of women, especially mothers, in the workforce but unfortunately these working women have to face many difficulties for the upbringing of their children. Keeping this in mind, the Punjab government recently established a “Day-care Centre” at a cost of Rs.2.6 million for the infants and kids of the female officials and officers of the Provincial government to provide shelter and security to them during the working hours of the mothers of these kids.
Certainly, the establishment of “Day-care Centre” at Civil Secretariat is a welcome step and a great facility for the working women but need of the hour is to plan more and more such projects for the facilitation and welfare of working women in the Province. Only words will not do anything until they are followed by actions because by standing shoulder to shoulder with men, women are playing a vital role in Pakistan’s national reconstruction and uplift. They have shown their worth as leaders and administrators, and that time is not far off when Pakistan will have at the helm of affairs, women who will lead the country from strength to strength.