Speakers call for more space to women to ensure development of society

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Zubair Qureshi

Women in Pakistan need more spaces to achieve their best potential to play their role in real development of society. The speakers said this during a webinar ‘Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow’ held by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in connection with the International Women’s Day.

Presenting an overview of women’s development in Pakistan, Ms Aliya Hamza Malik, Member National Assembly, asserted that the growth of a society is unimaginable without the participation of women. “Women lost jobs twice more as compared to men in the pandemic,” said Ms Malik, adding that women leadership’s response to the challenge of pandemic, however, has given us a silver lining.

Member National Assembly, Ms Shaza Fatima, was of view that Pakistan is among the worst countries with respect to the gender gap. Thus, the first thing we all need to do is to give the right space and respect to the women to enable them to perform according to their best potentials. It is unfortunate that during time of any calamity, women get the worst; and yet their contribution to counter impact of climate change and for a more sustainable development is commendable.

 

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