The Government was committed to creating an enabling environment for female participation in the workforce, Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazar said in her message on National Working Women Day.
“It is a matter of great pleasure for me that our nation joins hands to celebrate National Working Women’s Day on December 22, as symbol of recognition of the valuable contributions of female workers and leaders in various sectors in the country,” she added.
She further said we believe that the protection of women working in various professions is necessary for sustainable development. In this regard, a number of legislative and administrative measures have been taken by the federal and provincial governments to provide equal opportunities to women so that they can excel in all spheres of life.
She also highlighted that as a result of concerted efforts of the government, more than 200 women parliamentarians are playing significant role in policy making in Pakistan. A significant proportion of women are also working in top positions in the public as well as private sector. A 10 percent quota has been allocated for women in public sector jobs at federal level. The Federal Ombudsman Secretariat for the Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace at the federal and provincial level is also working to ensure a safe environment for working women in the country, she added.
She also said that the Benazir Income Support Programme also provides a unique forum for female empowerment by providing cash transfers to vulnerable women so that they can have more agency in terms of decision making in their lives. Women empowerment policies, packages, helplines, working women hostels, vocational centers and day care centers are also important initiatives to increase the ratio of working women in the work force.
She also emphasized that the National Working Women’s Day reminds us of the importance of supporting the participation of women and girls in all spheres of economic, social and political life. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. The Day also provides an opportunity to praise the achievements of women and to highlight their needs and concerns at national, regional and global levels.
She also said that I, therefore, call upon the civil society, NGOs, volunteers, philanthropists, international development partners, media, corporate sector and particularly women themselves to come forward and play their role towards this noble cause.
Ms. Rabiya Javeri Agha, Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights said in hes message that the government, being cognizant of enormous challenges faced by working women, is committed to protect women from all kinds of exploitation and marginalization and to provide equal opportunities and an enabling environment to them for their participation in every sphere of life according to their capabilities. We reiterate our pledge towards gender parity, and the promotion and protection of women’s rights in the country. I appreciate the efforts of government departments, the private sector and civil society organizations to create a conducive environment for working women in the country.