Mayor-designate urges implementation of legislation on women empowerment

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Staff Reporter

Karachi—The role of women in a society is pivotal for the societal development. Several legislation have been made by the parliament for women empowerment but sadly most of them are not implemented in the letter and spirit. “I am delighted to see that the women’s day is organized on regular basis and it provides a greater awareness among the women about their rights.”
Punjab Assembly bill on women harassment protection is commendable but it’s facing criticism, which is not good and a discriminatory behavior towards the women. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement has strived a lot for women rights in the federal and provincial governments.
The Mayor-designate of Karachi Waseem Akhtar said this while addressing at a Seminar on “Self Employed Women in Pakistan” on the eve of International Women’s Day on Tuesday organised by University of Karachi (UoK) Centre of Excellence for Women’s Studies, in collaboration with Higher Education Commission, UoK Department of Social Work and Anjuman Taraqqi-e Niswan at UoK Center of Excellence for Women Studies.
He lauded the efforts of Director Women Studies Center UoK Prof. Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah in this regard and called for having such programs on regular basis. I am seeing the women playing a key role in every walk of life. Legislation are not enough; it needs to be implemented in order to achieve the goal of women empowerment.
We have to promote cottage industry in order to empower women and our youth must be educated as well. Women must rise against all odds for their rights. UoK Faculty of Social Sciences Dean Prof. Dr Moonis Ahmar said that a lot has been said and written about women empowerment and rights but it needs to be implemented now.
This mindset that the women are not equal to men exists in the third world, it has to be changed. Women’s role in the country’s development could not be ignored as they are a key part of our society. UoK Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences Dean Prof. Dr Khalid Iraqi said that women living in the rural areas of the country are the game changer.
Government must take measures to promote technical and vocational education among the women so that they could be empowered financially and it would also benefit the country’s economy. Women must be provided a safe atmosphere in which they could provide their duties without any fear.
Center of Excellence for Women Director Prof. Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah said that actions have become the dire need of today to fight against the discriminatory attitude faced by the women due to feudal mindset. He said our women are working hard but don’t get the due financial reward of their work. Domestic violence and child abuse are the major issues of the society that are needed to be addressed for a better and peaceful society.

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