ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain here on Thursday said women are the driving force for change and their political empowerment is very important to cause a positive change in society.
He expressed these views while addressing a Women Conference at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services on the theme of “Women Empowerment: Myth and Reality”.
He said that the shared dreams of building a healthier, better educated, more peaceful and more prosperous societies cannot be realized without due acknowledgment of women’s role and granting them equal status.
“Women must be considered equal partners on par with their male counterparts if a nation or a state desires to make headway on the path to sustainable growth and progress,” the Chairman added.
He remarked that like poverty and environmental degradation, gender-based inequality is a threat to development, peace, security and stability.
He emphasized to make the institution of parliament stronger, vibrant and more vigilant through increased awareness, capacity building and better connectivity with the public.
He underscored the need to conform to relevant national laws and legal frameworks as per international covenants and UN resolutions.
He expressed the satisfaction that ever since the revival of democracy in Pakistan, Parliament has not lagged behind to this effect.
Among other measures, effective legislation was undertaken so as to safeguard the rights of marginalized sections of society, especially women, he added.
He said that legislative business cannot be validated without the participation and consent of women parliamentarians.
Their role is critical to establishing true democratic procedures and values that are representative and inclusive in nature.
He paid rich tributes to the contributions of women to Pakistan who fought alongside their brothers, fathers and husbands, and rendered far greater sacrifices so as to live freely in peace.
From Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, to Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, and from Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to Malala Yousufzai and late Arifa Noor, women of substance continue to add new chapters of leadership, bravery, courage, perseverance, excellence and dynamism in the annals of history.
He expressed his confidence that speakers and participants will come up with concrete recommendations to improve the status of women in Pakistan.
The Chairman Senate deeply appreciated the organizers for choosing a very pertinent theme for discussion and brainstorming.
Senators Afrasiab Khattak, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Mian Raza Rabbani, Farhatullah Babar, Sehar Kamran, Nasreen Jalil, Saeeda Iqbal and others also attended the conference.