Top leadership vows to ensure equal opportunities for women
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Although the idea of women’s rights has ruffled the feathers of certain sections of society, it has also garnered widespread support throughout the country.
Most notably the prime minister and the president, in their separate messages on Sunday showcased their solidarity with the movement, have called for ensuring the rights of women and to provide equal opportunities to them in all fields.
In a statement, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “The observance of International Women’s Day today is reiteration of our commitment to undertake every possible effort to ensure equal rights and opportunities to our women. In this effort, we are guided by the teachings of our religion, the Seerat of Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the core values that distinguish our society.”
“It is indeed encouraging to see that our women are proving their mettle in every walk of life and achieving excellence in their respective fields at national and international level,” he added.
“I firmly believe that an inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development can only be ensured by providing equal opportunities and a conducive environment to our women. I reaffirm my pledge on this day to take all measures that would help our women to lead a safe, secure and prosperous life,” the premier concluded.
Taking to Twitter early Sunday, President Dr Arif Alvi emphasised ensuring equal opportunities for women in education, health and jobs, besides ensuring their rights of inheritance, safety in all spaces, and no harassment or violence.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs soon followed suit as its spokesperson, Aisha Farooqui, after quoting Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, paid tribute to Pakistani women, “…whose hard work is contributing towards Nation’s growth and development in every walk of life.”
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wished everyone a, “Happy Women’s Day today and everyday,” on his Twitter handle. He also praised the plethora of strong females in his life adding, “May women soar to every height.”