Govt taking steps for women empowerment: Shahbaz

Govt taking steps for women empowerment: Shahbaz

govvLAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that government was taking revolutionary steps to empower women.

Addressing the function held in connection with International Women’s Day here at Aiwan-i-Iqbal on Sunday, he said that dream of progress can not be materialized with out empowering women. He said that more legislation and policies would be made after having consultation with women for further strengthening them.

He said that women had played significant role in the evolution of the society and other spheres of life.

The chief minister said that women should come in field after acquiring education.

Sharif said that Pakistan would definitely achieve its lost status in International Community if its women come forward in
the field of progress.

He said that women of our country were very talented and they have to use their talent for the welfare and betterment of the country. He said that Punjab government had taken historic and revolutionary steps from 2012 to 2015 for economic and social empowerment of women and still more has to be done.

The chief minister announced to set up special centres to provide justice to women who face violence. He said that in these centres women would perform all duties and first centre in this regard was being set up in Multan where facilities of police, prosecution, medical and forensic would be available under one roof.

He said that it will be the first and unique centre of its kind in South Asia and prove to be a milestone in evolving a permanent system for redressing the grievances of women.

He said that decision has been made to give 33 percent representation to women in decision making boards and committees working under the Punjab government.

The chief minister said that revolutionary steps have been taken for uplift of women which includes increase of women quota in government jobs upto fifteen percent, protection of their rights, insurance of women’s share in heritance.

He said that Pakistani women like that of other Islamic countries, will also have to come forward and play their due role in the practical field.

He said that Punjab government had taken steps for the welfare of women and it would continue doing so in future as well.

While highlighting the steps taken for the promotion of education said that Punjab Educational Endowment has been established and the volume of this fund has reached to Rs 12 billion and with its income 65000 intelligent students of the province were being given scholarships.

He said that through these scholarships students were acquiring education from National and International universities.

He said that Daanish School System was another revolutionary step of Punjab government for providing quality educational facilities free of cost to the children of backward areas.

He said that programmes worth billions of rupees were continuing for the encouragement of position holder boy and girl students on the basis of merit and they were also being given laptops in a transparent manner so that they can gain the latest knowledge.

The Chief Minister further said that through Akuwat Foundation, small loans have been given to lakhs of women of the province to help them to stand on their own feet and the rate of repayment of loan is about 100 percent.

He said that self finance scheme has been abolished in medical colleges and other educational institutions for upholding merit.

Referring to terrorism, Shahbaz Sharif said that terrorism and extremism have tarnished the image of Islamic world and caused an irreparable loss to Pakistan.

He said that besides use of force for elimination of terrorism, provision of education, health and justice, elimination of  unemployment and poverty besides equitable distribution of resources was essential for rooting out this menace.

He said it is lamentable that Muslims were killing fellow Muslims and bloodshed is being enacted in the name of Islam.

He said that the scope of skills development programme with the collaboration of British Department for International Development for making youth skilful was being extended to whole province.

He said that Britain was extending commendable cooperation for the uplift of education, health, vocational education and other sectors in the province.

Provincial Minister for Women Development, Zakia Shahnawaz said that Punjab government led by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken laudable measures for the welfare of women.

Country Head of DFID, Richard Montgomery said that Punjab government has made commendable efforts for the promotion of education and empowerment of women in the province and Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif deserves credit for this achievement.

Country Director United Nations, Jamshaid Qazi said that provincial government has carried out effective legislation for the empowerment of women besides taken bold decisions for their progress.

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