QUETTA: Governor Balochistan Syed Zahoor Ahmad Agha has said that every effort would be made to achieve women’s rights and empowerment in our society and especially to end violence against women.
It is imperative to take new steps for women’s economic empowerment as only economically independent women can play a revolutionary role in the society.
He expressed these views while talking to Sabira Islam, the female ombudsman of Balochistan, at the Governor House in Quetta on Saturday. On this occasion, the Governor of Balochistan, while mentioning the problems and difficulties of the women of Balochistan, said that women in the province are suffering from many hardships and difficulties.
Not giving them the right to inheritance, their poor condition in the fields of education and health and other issues are some of the problems facing the women in society. He urged the present government and all concerned agencies to pay serious attention to the solution of the problems faced by women.
The women of Balochistan are as talented and sociable as the women of other provinces of the country but unfortunately we have not provided opportunities to women due to which today the women of Balochistan are lagging behind in the race of life.
He said men and women have equal rights in economic and social development as they equally share in all matters and without their participation no development and prosperity is possible in the country.
He said in our society women are viewed with great respect and Islam and our traditions do not allow punishing them adding Balochistan’s women do not lack capabilities but low resources and opportunities are obstructing them to move ahead.
Governor said women are serving in different services sectors including health and education shoulder to shoulder with male while rural areas women education were better so measures needed to be increased in this regard.
He hoped that women would play their vital role in development and prosperity of the country. Against this backdrop, the provincial government has done well to involve international rights organisations for improving gender integration.
The GPP project is expected to directly benefit the provincial Women Development Department and the ombudsperson on workplace harassment appointed under the Balochistan Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2016, and would equip these departments to carry out the desired changes and build their capacity for actively working towards the protection of and mainstreaming women in the public sphere and the provincial workforce.
Source: Balochsitan Times