Islamabad: It is an established reality that, in Pakistan, the cause of women has prospered during PPP’s democratic stints whereas during authoritarian times, their march toward equality and progress has been hindered.
Honorary Goodwill Ambassador for Women Empowerment, Syeda Fiza Batool Gilani, expressed these views while talking to the participants of a function held in connection with the celebration of National Women’s Day.
The Day is celebrated every year across the country to pay homage to those brave women who withstood the wrath of Punjab Police at the behest of a dictator on February 12, 1983 on Lahore’s Mall Road in the process of opposing discriminatory Law of Evidence.
While emphasizing the role of women in national mainstream, the Goodwill Ambassador said that it is simply unimaginable for any country to grow without vibrant and equal participation of women in its economic, social and political life. Without attending to 49% of Pakistan’s potential, the dream of self-sufficiency will remain, but only a dream.
Lauding the role of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed for the cause of women, Fiza Gilani said, “she deserves special place in the annals of women struggle for emancipation because she destroyed the myth built by the social taboo that the woman’s place is in the house, that it is shameful or dishonourable or socially unacceptable for a Muslim woman to work.”
Fiza Gilani said that in line with the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the present PPP government has made strides in the realm of women’s social, political and economic empowerment. Parliamentary enactments have been made to curb brutal customs like vani and Swara and heinous crimes like acid-throwing.
In order to provide the working women with an enabling environment, a separate law against harassment at workplace has been passed. 10 % quota has been fixed for women in all federal jobs.
Women have been given top political, administrative and educational appointments to enhance their representation at the policy-making levels.
In a patriarchal society like Pakistan, realizing the objective of women empowerment will remain a pipedream without bringing about change in the mindsets of the people. That, in turn, will entail educating each and every child that takes birth, the Goodwill Ambassador concluded.
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