Islamabad, May 29, 2016 (PPI-OT): President FPCCI Abdul Rauf Alam has demanded a comprehensive package for the rapid development of women entrepreneurs in the upcoming budget terming it imperative for the progress and prosperity of the country. He said that women are fifty one percent of the population therefore they must be included in the national mainstream without any delay otherwise rapid progress will be a pipedream.
Abdul Rauf Alam said that while speaking to members of IWCCI led by its founder president Samina Fazil. Vice President FPCCI Sajida Zulfiqar was also present on the occasion. He said that women were not given any special relaxations in the last budget therefore government should consider facilitating them in the upcoming budget.
While lauding the women empowerment initiatives by the government, he said that the role of women chambers is the development of women cannot be over emphasized. The president FPCCI said that government is taking significant steps to empower women which is a prerequisite for the national development and that the Apex chamber will support all such moves.
He said that expos organised by different women chambers are very useful events which must be supported by the business community to express their commitment to strengthen the women. Rauf Alam said that expos are a good tool to empower women and that they would be not treated fairly unless they become economically strengthened and independent.
Business community should support women entrepreneurs, strive to end gender discrimination and mobilise the collective strength of women to turn fate of this country around, he added. He said that FPCCI wants active participation of the private sector to boost capacity of the women to ensure good future for our next generations.
Speaking on the occasion, Samina Fazil and Sajida Zulfiqar lauded the initiatives of the government to empower women saying that lot more is to be done to invest in women development. They said that women are still much more likely than men to be poor and illiterate with little access to medical care, property ownership, credit, training and employment.
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Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI)