Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed that the government was committed to increasing the participation of women in the general elections.

In his message on the occasion of International Women’s Day, the premier stated that the Government of Pakistan was working to ensure broad-based inclusion of women rights in every sphere and at all levels.

‘It is a national obligation to provide for the participation of women at every level to make them valuable and productive members of society’ he said in a statement.

The premier opined that Pakistan joined the international community in celebrating the International Women’s Day 2017. The theme of the day “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” calls for accelerating the 2030 Agenda towards an effective implementation of existing and new commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights.”

The Prime Minister said the Constitution of Pakistan supported the equal status of women, adding, “Article 18 of the Constitution provides equal space to women in every lawful profession, while Article 25 lays down the principles of non-discrimination and affirmative action in their case.”

He said Pakistan was making wholehearted efforts to honour and implement its international commitments. “The Government of Pakistan has ratified seven core Human Rights Conventions, including the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW),” he added.

The Prime Minister said his government was working on key human rights priority areas concerning women, which included the formulation of national policy guidelines on Gender Based Violence, reviewing all discriminatory legislation against women, the establishment of new crisis centres and strengthening of existing services at district, provincial and federal levels.

In the wake of the 18th Constitutional Amendment, he added, the provincial governments have the responsibility to make every effort for the promotion and protection of women’s rights and the federal government will provide full support.

The Prime Minister called upon all relevant quarters including civil society, philanthropists, media and the corporate sector to continue working hand-in-hand with the government in providing an enabling environment for women in Pakistan.

–APP