NADRA: NADRA commits to empower women in all walks of life

Islamabad: National Database and Registration Authority NADRA has been endeavouring to empower Pakistani women by providing basic rights as enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan and has adopted a fair and equal employment policy to empower the women in every walk of life.

NADRA stands out as the public sector organization with over 2,200 women employees who are working at NADRA which makes 13 per cent of the total strength, whereas the government quota is specified as 10%.

Chairman NADRA, Tariq Malik in a statement issued here said “In order to be counted, one has to ensure that s/he is in counting.” He stressed on the need that womenfolk should come out and register themselves as eligible voters after getting CNIC.

He further said NADRA takes pride in increasing women registration by almost 86 per cent during the last three years. He said “This hallmark been achieved because we have designated ‘Fridays’ for women registration days on which only women’s identity card processing is supposed to be entertained. In addition to this, we have twelve exclusive NRCs and seven Mobile registration Vans MRVs for women only across the country. The exclusive centers have all staff is also women from top level to bottom.

The total registration of Women who have received their genuine computerized national identity card has reached to a number of 40,611,518 women. In KP province total women registration number is 5,385,530, 634,360 in FATA, 22,562,339 in Punjab, 8,788,842 in Sindh, 1,471,158 in Baluchistan, 400,366 in Islamabad, 273,332 in GilgitBaltistan and 1,095,591 in Azad Kashmir.

Tariq Malik said “Now, first time in the history of the country, the women will become the integral part of real change at national level because there are 37.4 million females included in the current electoral rolls and will take part as eligible voters in forthcoming general elections. It may be noted that this number does not include female voters’ data of GB and AJK due to separate election commission.”

The spokesperson of NADRA said in a press statement issued that the authority encourages its women employees to take part in all departmental activities irrespective of gender discrimination and raise their voices against workplace harassment and inform Anti-Harassment Committee against such advances to ensure speedy justice.

On the special initiatives of Chairman NADRA, we’ve come up with a unique idea of ‘Open Contest’ at national level that revolves around the theme that will provide an opportunity to the creative individuals to make a short documentary and video jingles highlighting NADRA’s role in Women empowerment.

She said today NADRA is committed to provide dignified work environment by implementing Legislation, “The Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010”, which is approved by Government of Pakistan.

Not only Anti-Harassment Policy is in practice in NADRA since 2010, but also Anti-Harassment Committee comprising of senior officials of NADRA, is actively ensuring respectable and conducive environment for women, she added.

Ms. Naz said “In order to educate and instil the technical and technological knowledge at par with their male counterparts, she said, NADRA has devised comprehensive training session programs.

In this regard the various kinds of awareness and training sessions have been conducted across the country under with an aim of empowering women at all levels. Today, the 20 percent women are the part and parcel of workplace in all departments and at all identity processing centers throughout the length and breadth of Pakistan.