Gender inclusive policies vital to boost economic growth: Yasir

Staff Reporter

President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan on Saturday emphasized that the government should focus on gender inclusive policies and take strong measures to bring more women at workplaces in order to realize the actual economic potential of the country.

He said that women were half of our total population and bringing them into the mainstream of the economy was very important to enhance their contribution in the economic development of the country.

This was stated by him while addressing as chief guest at the District Convention of Women Workers Alliance organized in collaboration with Sustainable Social Development Organization.

Parliamentary Secretary Ms. Ghazala Saifi, DG Health Hassan Orooj, Executive Director Sustainable Social Development Organization Syed Kausar Abbas, Clinical Psychologist Ms. Sobia Khateeb, ASP Investigation Ms. Ayesha, ASP ITP Ms. Faryal, members of Women Workers Alliance, teachers, doctors, LHWs, lawyers, media personnel, women workers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and experts of different fields attended the convention.

Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan said that as per World Bank’s report 2019, women’s participation in Pakistani workforce was just 22 percent while it was over 55 percent in most of the well-developed countries.

He said that women participation in the labor force was 50 percent in Kuwait, 51 percent in Malaysia, 54 percent in Indonesia, 57 percent in Qatar and 61 percent in China.

Therefore, it was very important for Pakistan to enhance women’s participation in workplaces for boosting its economic growth.

He said that according to an IMF report, Pakistan’s GDP could be increased by up to 30 percent by empowering more women and increasing their share in the workforce.

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