Pro-Women Initiatives to Open Pathways to Massive Economic Development: President

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi said on Thursday that ongoing initiatives for women’s empowerment and financial inclusion through necessary legislation and structural changes will open new avenues for the country’s massive economic development.

The President, addressing the launch ceremony of the Insaaf Watch portal, said Pakistan was at a magnificent point with its youth bulge becoming a center of world attention.

Developed by the Ministry of Law and Justice in collaboration with the British High Commission and Group Development Pakistan, Insaaf Watch is a digital portal aimed at facilitating women’s access to relevant laws in addition to raising awareness of their rights.

The president said sensitizing women on their rights was a challenge; however, frequent messaging through the media and the pulpit could be helpful, as had been the case during the COVID pandemic.

The President also advised the Ministry of Justice to display posters on women’s rights legislation in mosques, introduce the summary as well as audio description of the laws on the portal, in addition to ensuring their availability. in English and Urdu.

He said the ratio of registered cases was far lower than the actual situation of violation of women’s rights, which required massive awareness among women.

He said women’s rights should not be protected simply for compliance with international laws, but rather as the needs of a country as well as an obligation under Islam which had granted inheritance rights to women. about 1400 years ago.

He said that unfortunately a large number of women were deprived of their inherited property and that the government had passed the necessary legislation to protect their rights and empowered the office of the ombudsman for this purpose.

The President highlighted the real implementation of laws to end the usurpation of women’s property as well as to protect them from harassment. Apart from granting them their inheritance rights, women should also be encouraged to become business partners and cite the life of Hazrat Khadija (RA) who had been a successful businesswoman.

He said that before the crime against women, it was the responsibility of society to ensure their safety and illustrated the incident in Minar-e-Pakistan where a woman was harassed and people filmed the scene instead. to stop him.

He said that through measures such as the disbursement of around Rs 500 billion in cash assistance to women under the Ehsaas scheme, equal scholarships, stipends for school-going girls will lead to their empowerment financial.

Likewise, he said that it was equally essential to pay special attention to women’s health because malnutrition, neonatal deaths, frequent pregnancies and maternal mortality would hinder the empowerment of women and their active participation in the national development.