Islamabad: Federal Minister for National Heritage and Integration Samina Khalid Ghurki on Tuesday said government is taking significant steps to empower women which is a prerequisite for national development.
Government had taken remarkable steps for empowering women in the country while paying special attention to businesswomen in urban and rural areas, she said.
Talking to a delegation of Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) led by its founder President Samina Fazil and sitting president Farida Rashid,
Samina Khalid Ghurki said that legislations focusing women shows our commitment to strengthen the women.She said that expos are a good tool to empower women and government will fully support Islamabad Expo 2013 being organised by IWCCI.
Ghurki said unless women were economically strengthened, they would be treated as second grade citizens and would have no access to their rights.The federal minister said that Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) was another unprecedented step of the government to protect and empower women economically.“Government wants an end to gender discrimination in the country and had a mission to mobilise the collective strength of women to turn this region into a safe land,” she said.
Samina Khalid Ghurki said that government wants private sector participation to boost capacity of the women to ensure good future for our next generations.Talking at the occasion Samina Fazil and Farida Rashid 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.Lauding the initiatives of the government to empower women, they said a lot is to be done to invest in women development without which goal of national development is not achievable.The roles that men and women play in society should not be socially determined, Samina said adding that women’s empowerment is vital to sustainable development and the realization of human rights for all.