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Sehba calls for improving women’s status

ISLAMABAD: First Lady Begum Sehba Musharraf has emphasised the need for improvement in the status of women, especially in education, health and social sector.

Addressing a function in connection with the International Women’s Day held here on Wednesday, Sehba said in the past proper attention had not been paid to improving the socio-economic condition of women, but the present regime specially focused on the issue and took a number of measures in this regard.

She said women and girls, who are becoming silent and innocent victims of HIV/Aids, need more attention to prevent this deadly disease. She said although efforts are under way to prevent the society from the HIV/Aids, there is still need to further speed up such measures.

The First Lady called for creating awareness in the society about Aids, and urged the electronic and print media to play active role in this regard. She said under the women empowerment policy, the government is taking concrete steps to address the problems of women in health, education and economy to empower them to play their due role in the development of the society.
Health Minister Muhammad Nasir Khan said HIV/Aids control programme has been launched throughout the country to increase preventive measures and educate the people about this disease, besides providing necessary health facilities. He said 16 centres have been set up in various cities to guide the people and educate them.

Education Minister Zobaida Jalal said her ministry has been working to educate children about this deadly disease according to the teachings of the Holy Qur’aan. She said certain information has been included about HIV/Aids in the secondary level syllabus.

Source: The News

Date:3/11/2004

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