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‘Women’s rights’ imperative for progressive society
March 09, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly (NA) Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday said that the role of women was very important in prosperity and progress of every society.

“It was unfortunate that women around the globe were abused, harassed, marginalised and were compelled to live a miserable life under constant shadow of violence, discrimination and poverty,” he said in his message on the International Women’s Day.

He stressed upon the world community for collective efforts and better legislation to protect women rights.

He said, “Islam gives equal respect and rights to women and strictly negated gender discrimination. Women in our society are confronting severe problems in education, healthcare and employment sectors.”

He said, “Denying to women of their due rights was hampering economic progress and development. There was a need to change the mindset and perception of people regarding women rights and bring them into main stream.”

He said, “The women have been sufficiently represented in the present parliament and opportunities have been provided to them for their enhanced role in national development.”

The Speaker said, “Constitution has granted equal rights for life protection, job, business, education and freedom to choose the profession and for the activities in the political and social spheres.”

Sadiq said, “Women representation in public affairs was imperative to the functioning and strengthening of democracy and struggle against the oppression.” He said that, “Women need to be economically empowered; therefore, women entrepreneurs are being encouraged to play active role in economic activities.”

NNI News Service

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