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Women empowerment in decision making sought.

PESHAWAR -- Representatives of various civil societies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) stressed the need for women empowerment along with their participation in decision making process for restoration of peace in the country.

Celebrating the International Peace Day, a seminar was organized with title of The Role of Women Empowerment in Peace Process by various welfare organizations on Wednesday at Peshawar Press Club.

Those who shared their thoughts on the occasion were Sana Ijaz of Shirkat Gah, Arshad Haroon, SPO regional head, Shahida Shah of Takkra Qabayili Khuenday, Akbar of Khyber Paklhtunkhwa Culture department, Riaz Davi Advocate, Fida Jan and Raheel Bibi.

Haroon said that it was need of the hour to provide education to everyone without any discrimination and specially focus on the women and child education because women could play a vital role in the development of a society.

If we ignore women and children in provision of education Pakistan cannot rank in developed countries. Our education system is classed based rich admit their offspring in well reputed institutions while the poor children will not get good education he said. He maintained that girls numbers were less as compare to boys in educational institutions therefore he stressed on the girls education.

Similarly, he said that most of the governmental education institutions were lack of proper clean drinking water, toilets and other facilities which showed the education system clearly. He added that it was need of the hour to prioritize the indicators of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and specifically the promotion of peaceful and inclusive society.

Throwing lights on women rights, Mr Haroon further said that women should be make more empower and encourage to come out for contesting National Assembly, provincial assemblies and local government elections independently. He said that businessmen were not ready to invest in the war affected province while the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa people were compelled to go for jobs in Karachi or Dubai.

He also said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project KP was also ignored and more projects were bestowed on Punjab. He said that Pakhtoons were also considers terrorists in other part of the country. He added that such kind of discriminative and unequal attitude moving the society into the quagmire evil.

Shahida Shah said that due to current war against terrorism most of the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) women became victim and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) which created more problems for their basic rights.

She expressed concerns that women representing more than 50 percent of the total population but were totally ignore in the current Fata reforms and a single woman not take in their decision making. She suggested that women should made economically more empower and provide them business opportunities under their homes aimed at getting earn with honour.

Fida Jan said that without provision of basic rights to women the majority part of the population could not perform their role in peace developing process. He added that in 2010 a law was passed regarding women harassment in work places but no indication could find in its implementation process.

Riaz Davi said article 25, 25-A and 4 of the constitution support the SDGs and the ratification of treaties indicated that the stare had showed her consent and it makes the state bound to work and implement on these treaties and laws. He said that law making in Pakistan was easy to its implementation was not given a practical shape.

Raheel said that women should be included in decision making process. She said women education should be prioritized as an educated woman could provide a good environment to her kids and could also care of her children better.

Sana said that every year this day observed around the globe to remember the basic rights of women. She said that a number of indicators in the SDGs were focusing on gender equalities and peaceful and inclusive society.

There was also an exhibition stall wherein various posters and banners were displayed which showed the deprived women of the society while various pamphlets, brushers and news sheets were also available for the participants.
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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
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Date:Sep 22, 2016
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