15 April | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Alliance Foundation organizes seminar in Islamabad on women empowerment

Dr Tariq Mehmood Khan highlights global nature of women movement by feminists; Dr Farzana Bari suggests end to systematic discrimination against women

In connection with the International Women’s Day, the Alliance for Good Governance Foundation has arranged a daylong seminar, moderated by journalist Shabbir Hussain, on women empowerment, challenges and opportunities in a changing world organized in Islamabad in connection with the International Women’s Day.

Highlighting evolving landscape of opportunities for women, Principal Information Officer (PIO) Dr Tariq Mehmood Khan emphasized transformative impact of digitalization, stating that it has led to a significant increase in opportunities for women, particularly in economic spheres. He noted a positive trend towards women’s increased participation in various aspects of life, including politics and the economy.

Acknowledging prevailing social challenges faced by women, he underscored the importance of addressing issues relating to gender equality and ensuring provision of basic human rights to all individuals, regardless of gender. Highlighting global nature of the women empowerment movement, he mentioned the momentum gained by feminist movements in countries such as the United States and European nations.

He emphasized the need for concerted efforts at both national and international levels to empower women and promote gender equality. He urged women to seize opportunities in social, political, and economic domains to showcase their capabilities and contribute effectively to society. He encouraged women to embrace the digital world to enhance their livelihoods and achieve economic empowerment.

Dr Farzana Bari proposes overhaul of academic curricula to foster gender equality from an early age

Gender expert and human rights activist Dr Farzana Bari highlighted pervasive challenges confronting women, including domestic violence, early marriage, and nutritional deficiencies, and emphasized the systematic discrimination against women, characterizing their treatment as that of second-class citizens must come to an end. He underscored the urgent need to address deeply ingrained societal norms that perpetuate gender inequality, particularly in the labor.

She proposed a fundamental overhaul of academic curricula to challenge such mindsets and foster gender equality from an early age. Advocating for governmental intervention, she urged authorities to take proactive measures to empower women through robust legislation and its rigorous enforcement across the nation. She called for an aggressive nationwide campaign to educate the masses about gender rights and ensure their implementation at every level of the society.

Despite myriad challenges faced by women, she highlighted their resilience and remarkable achievements across various spheres of life. She emphasized importance of recognizing and celebrating women’s contributions to the society, urging concerted efforts to create an environment conducive to their empowerment and success. She emphasized on the need for comprehensive action to address women’s rights and achieve gender equality.

She called for collective efforts towards building a more inclusive and equitable future for all. Former National Commission on Rights of Child chairperson Afshan Tehseen Bajwa, British High Commission Deputy Director for Communication & Public Diplomacy Sneha Lala, Adviser to Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry Dr Afshan Malik, Professor Dr Asad Munir, Professor Dr Sadia Pasha, and Dr Zahida Ibrahim also shared their views at the seminar.

As an Islamabad-based think tank working for good governance, the Alliance is striving to find innovative and effective solutions to uplift Pakistan from the abysmal governance situation. The Alliance is also exploring reform agenda for a peaceful South Asia, making Pakistan a regional hub of economic activity at the center of two largest counties (China and India) and Central Asia/Russia.