Islamabad: Turkish Ambassador, Mustafa Babur Hizlan called on Goodwill Ambassador for Women Empowerment, Fiza Batool Gilani in Islamabad today. Begum Shehnaz Wazir Ali was also present during the call-on meeting.
It was agreed upon the importance of initiating an exchange program of women entrepreneurs between the two countries during the meeting for sharing of experiences and business trends.
Pro-women legislation passed by incumbent parliament also came under discussion during the meeting. The Ambassador appreciated the legal measures taken by the government for empowering Pakistani women in social, economic and political spheres. However, both the interlocutors agreed that for bringing about real change in the societal condition of women, it is necessary to change the mindset of men.
Fiza Gilani apprised the Ambassador about various schemes being launched for the uplift of rural women ranging from their skill training and capacity building. She told her interlocutor that various training programs in the fields of knitting, embroidery, handicrafts are being initiated so that rural women become the productive part of society. “Through these skills, the rural women will not only be supportive for their own families but also for the country”, she said.
Fiza Gilani apprised the Ambassador about Women Crisis Centres and the contribution these centres are making in the lives of Pakistani women through legal aid and provision of shelter. The Goodwill expressed her resolve to rejuvenate the Centres for the betterment of Pakistani women.
Fiza Gilani appreciated the support Turkish government has extended for the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP). She told the Ambassador that 5.7 million women and their households are benefitting through the Program.
The Goodwill Ambassador dubbed Turkey as a model for the whole of the Muslim World. She appreciated the social and economic progress of Turkish society.
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