Joint efforts needed for women empowerment: ShehlaAugust 6, 2014
KARACHI: Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly, Shehla Raza, has said that although more than 24 legislations pertaining to women rights, early child marriage and violence against women had been passed during previous tenure of Pakistan People’s Party but unfortunately women were still being tyrannized and subjected to violence owing to delays in justice.
Speaking at a meeting during her visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Thursday, Shehla Raza underscored the need to jointly raise voice for women rights as only collective efforts could pave way for empowerment of Pakistani women capable enough to play their role in economic progress and prosperity of the country.
President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, Senior Vice President KCCI, Muffasar A Malik, Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Idrees, Chairperson Women Entrepreneurs Sub-Committee, Durre Shahwar Nisar, Senior Vice Chairperson Women Entrepreneurs Sub-Committee, Silwat Afzal and members of Women Entrepreneurs Sub-Committee attended the meeting.
Touching upon various initiatives taken by Sindh government, Shehla Raza pointed out that Pakistan People’s Party had continued to raise voice for women rights in Sindh and always advocated many legislations in this regard. “It has the honour of being the first political party of the country to establish a dedicated women wing whereas the first woman Governor of Sindh province, Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan also belonged to PPP”, she added.
Deputy Speaker was of the view that participation of women in economic activities has become inevitable nowadays and all-out efforts must be made for women empowerment. “We must effectively utilize every single platform to condemn violence against women not only in Pakistan but also around the world”, she added.
She also advised women entrepreneurs to play their due role in empowerment of poor and downtrodden women of Sindh.
President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, while underscoring the need to ensure women’s participation in various sectors of the economy, demanded that women’s participation in the political and economic activities of Sindh must be enhanced.
He said that Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry had become a vibrant platform for women entrepreneurs which could be gauged from dense participation of women entrepreneurs in today’s meeting.
Durre Shahwar Nisar said that no matter how many tall claims had been made from time to time but Pakistani women were still being badly suppressed in this male dominated society. A vibrant and easily accessible platform must be provided to Pakistani oppressed women so that they could fearlessly raise voice against violence and injustice. Moreover, various legislations passed in Sindh Assembly for Women Rights must also be implemented in letter and spirit, she added.
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