A webinar on the theme of “Women’s Economic Empowerment and Allama Iqbal’s Perspective of Labour Rights”, was organized by the project team of Persian Department NUML under auspices of HEC in collaboration with MUSLIM Institute.
Dr. Humaira shahbaz, PI of HEC project NRPU 2020, in her introductory remarks laid emphasis on importance of research initiatives to address indigenous issues through indigenous perspectives.
She added, when educated people will understand the indigenous perspective of their national thinkers reflecting on the matter of women’s empowerment, whole system will work to create feasible environment to empower women of their society as per their social, cultural needs to contribute to the national economic and social growth.
Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali, in his keynote address expressed men and women are equal in the light of Islam.
However, misinterpretation of women empowerment and negative propagation led some organizations and their sponsors propagate the agenda against the cultural and religious norms of our society.
Therefore, religious spiritual values should not be targeted on the name of women empowerment.
Dr. Rizwana Abbasi, HoD PCS & IR shared in her message that Women empowerment should not be taken as undue favouritism, it is rather the elimination of barriers in the society which keep women from the full realisation of their potential on the basis of merit.
Dr. Syed Waqas Ali Kausar HoD Department G&PP shared that, policy interventions are required to empower women labour in Pakistan as their marginalization is structural and requires deeper attention from cross section of society.
Academia needs to play role in deconstructing stereotypes related to women labour, and explore further the social and cultural factors impeding their emancipation and capacity.
Dr. Aliya Sohail Khan, VC Rawalpindi Women University Speakers further said that Allama Iqbal has presented an excellent concept of modesty especially while presenting Hadrat Fatima (R.A) as ideal woman.
Fatima Bint-e-Abdullah of Tripoli was praised by Iqbal who fought in war ground along with her brothers.
Iqbal studied ancient and modern philosophy but his teachings are based on Islam. Iqbal emphasized equity for women.