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Poverty alleviation possible if equal opportunities given to women

ISLAMABAD: The poverty alleviation efforts can only be successful in by providing equal opportunity to work to women in Pakistan.

The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) Lahore President Salim Ghauri said an inactive role of the fifty percent of the country’s population in building economy was one major reason behind the rising poverty levels in Pakistan. It is fanning intolerance in the society at large, he added.

It is proven worldwide the recent past economic development of the developed countries was mainly due to brilliant role of women in their respective economies. Women are the best managers and financial assistance at the micro level besides building up their working capacities can bring revolution in the cottage industry.

He lamented both the economy and the population in Pakistan was growing at an equal pace of 3 percent per annum, which leaves very little room in creating new jobs. Therefore, he stressed on promoting small businesses amongst women to control poverty.

Latest surveys show women in Asia are making better progress in their careers than those in more western economies therefore Pakistan should also benefit from the trend and let the women to grow.

Daily Times

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