Women Empowerment

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Promises

1.We will establish a large scale national Maternal Health Programme to provide assisted births along with family health and planning information to women.

2. We will provide economic opportunity to women by strengthening the legal framework to protect women’s inheritance rights to land and property, increasing state-provided micro-finance, establishing residential and caretaking facilities for working women in urban settings

3. We will reform the justice system to Increase representation of female police officers, improve investigative and prosecutorial process for gender based violence, Establish gender-based violence courts, Improve investigative and forensic procedures for sexual offence cases.

4. We will increase resources and capacity of “Dar-ul-Aman” and protective services for women.

5. We will increase female participation in public sector by establishing significant quotas

6. We will empower women politically by launching a women voter registration drive across Pakistan.

Progress

2 September 2018

Punjab Chief Minister (CM), Sardar Usman Buzdar, while talking to Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Uzma Kardar said that his government will play effective role to protect the rights of women and stressed that they should play role in the development of the country. He ensured that his government will create jobs especially for women in rural areas.

3 September 2018

Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar took oath as the Chief Justice of Baluchistan High Court. She is the first woman to take oath as a Chief Justice for any High Court in Pakistan.

15 September 2018

Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari launched an awareness campaign about women’s right in inheritance. She said that it will educate women about their rights under the legal framework and Islam’s teachings.

17 September 2018

President Arif Alvi in his maiden speech said that parliamentarians and media should work on public awareness on the benefits of small family units. He urged the members to work on women development policies and stressed the necessity of provision of equal job opportunities.

19 September 2018

Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr Sharman Stone launched a project ‘Saving Lives of Women and Girls in Cross Border Area in Pakistan’ which is worth $6 million. It will encompass projects related to health and agriculture while simultaneously providing assistance to already working women.

14 October 2018

According to Vice President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Saeeda Bano, country’s GDP could increase by 10% if women are provided with as much opportunities as male population. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between the FPCCI and Jinnah University for Women (JUW) to promote industry development supported by academic research.

16 October 2018

Chairperson Potohar Organisation for Development Advocacy (PODA), Dr Zarina Salamat on “International Day of Rural Women” conference said that in new laws special mention should be given to rural women as they are the backbone of agricultural economic output of the country. She added that landless women farmers should be provided with free lands and training seminars should be arranged to ensure their safety from pesticides.

20 November 2018

Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan, Inspector General of Islamabad Police, while visiting a woman police station stated his policy regarding women empowerment and gender balance. He showed dissatisfaction regarding current performance of woman police.

26 November 2018

22 model police stations have been established in various parts of the province by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police. These model police stations also have women desks.

4 December 2018

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the Status of Women presented a detailed mandate of the Commission in front of the President. Dr Arif Alvi said that women empowerment cannot be achieved without providing economic independence to women.

19 December 2018

The World Economic Forum (WEF) released a ‘Global Gender Gap Index 2018’report according to which Pakistan stands at 148 out of 149 countries in terms of gender parity making it the second worst country in the world (Ahmed, Dawn, 19 December 2018).

21 December 2018

Dr Shireen Mazari, Human Rights Minister rejected the stats of WEF report stating that the gender gap mentioned in the report is not to the extent in reality as mentioned in the report.

12 February 2019

Pakistan increased its women participation in UN Peacekeeping program.  Maleeha Lodhi, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UN said that Pakistan had achieved its target of placing of 15% female staff in UN operations.

8 March 2019

Punjab Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on women’s day submitted by provincial legislator of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Hina Pervaiz Butt. It demanded provision of equal rights and creation of parliamentary group consisting of women members of Punjab assembly only.

2 April 2019

While addressing Young Women Leadership Conference, President Alvi said that women will be provided equal opportunities in all fields. They will be given equal chance to participate in small and medium enterprises.