Islamabad, March 07, 2016 (PPI-OT): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that equal development and inclusive democracy is not possible without ensuring gender equality. He outlined that the International Women day is commemorated across the globe to remind us our commitments for the advancement of women in every walk of life. He made these remarks while speaking on the occasion of celebrating the ‘International Women day’.
Endorsing 2016’s theme for International Women Day; “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, the Speaker highlighted that women constitute half of the population of the world and gender equality in all spheres of life is an absolute necessity. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said “Pakistan has made a remarkable progress in enacting ‘Pro-women legislation’ for ending gender based discrimination” he further added “Women empowerment is also one of the 7 Pillars of ‘Pakistan’s Vision 2025’ Program.
Referring to the Constitutional guarantees for achieving gender equality, he highlighted that Chapter 1 of the Constitution of Pakistan describes the Fundamental Rights of its citizens based on the principle of equality and non-discrimination and further added that article 25, 26 and 27 of Chapter one of the Fundamental Rights, guarantee equality for citizens, non-discrimination in respect of access to public places and safeguard against discrimination in services.
The Speaker added that Pakistan has demonstrated a sincere commitment to international human rights treaties endorsing women rights and gender equality in its society. The country encourages women participation parallel to men in various fields of socio-economic and political sphere. The Speaker remarked that Women’s Parliamentary Caucus in Parliament House is a milestone in strengthening the role of women members of Parliament for an active role in policy making.
“It’s high time we recognized the meaningful role of women and take substantial steps for ensuring equal participation of women by accepting the fact that the constitution of Pakistan promises dignity, freedom and equality to all citizens and forbids discrimination on the basis of gender”, Speaker added.
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