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Sharmila urges socio-economic empowerment of women

Karachi: Pakistan People’s Party Women Wing Sindh Information Secretary Sharmila Farooqui on Wednesday called for raising socio-economic empowerment of women by ensuring pro-women legislation, pro-women taxation system, more political participation and lucrative education facilities.

Remedial measures are required for enhancing the contribution of women in socio-economic and other spheres of life, besides eliminating all kinds of discrimination against women so as to provide them equal opportunity in all sectors of life, she said in a statement.

Sharmila said that gender equality and women’s empowerment are human rights that lie at the heart of development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. “Six out of 10 of world’s poorest people are women and girls, less than 16 per cent of the world’s parliamentarians are women, two thirds of all children shut outside the school gates are girls and, both in times of armed conflict and behind closed doors at home, women are still systematically subjected to violence,” she said.

Source: The News

Date:5/5/2011

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