22 May | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Nilofar Bakhtiar lauds policy for a balanced approach to parenting

National Commission on Status of Women hosts ‘Art of Parenting’ conference in Islamabad to lay foundation for Pakistan’s brighter future

National Commission on Status of Women Chairperson Nilofar Bakhtiar lauded collaborative efforts of all stakeholders and provided guiding directions for the development of a national document aimed at promoting a well-learned and balanced approach to parenting.

Addressing participants at conference – the art of parenting – hosted by the National Commission in Islamabad, she said effective parenting was cornerstone of a prosperous and harmonious society. “By investing in the well-being and development of our children, we lay the foundation for a brighter future for Pakistan,” she said.

The NCSW chairperson directed the participants to take this policy towards its implementation stage and a grand launch shall be executed to take this document to the provinces for their feedback and consideration. It was decided to plan a postal stamp for the purpose for which the National Culture and Heritage Division would be tasked to hold a competition.

Experts and policymakers suggest to deliberate on fostering healthier family dynamics and societal harmony through effective parenting practices

The National Commission to form a steering committee which would be effectively dealing with day to day affairs and developments of this national policy. The art of parenting conference stands as a testament to the commitment of the commission and its partners to advancing policies and initiatives that empower families and promote social cohesion across Pakistan, Nilofar Bakhtiar said.

She emphasized the critical role of parents in shaping the future of the nation. “Parenting is not just a responsibility but a profound opportunity to instill values, empathy, and resilience in the next generation.” During the session, the participants engaged in robust discussions and offered insightful recommendations, including development of a comprehensive policy framework.

The participants underscored the need for a comprehensive policy document to address abnormal attitudes among adolescents, emphasizing evidence-based strategies and interventions. On the training manual for parents, it recommended to recognizing importance of equipping parents with the necessary skills and knowledge, as stakeholders advocated for the development of a practical training manual tailored to the needs of diverse families.

The conference also highlighted the importance of fostering empathy and understanding among parents and children, with a focus on promoting inclusivity, tolerance and acceptance within the family unit and the society at large. The session marked a significant initiative under the federal government’s Umeed-e-Sehr and Agosh project. The conference commenced with a discussion on a policy document aimed at addressing and managing abnormal attitudes among adolescents.

The document was collaboratively drafted by the National Institute of Psychology and the Aga Khan University with partners the Aga Khan Development Network and the Dukhtaran-e-Pakistan, reflecting a commitment to evidence-based and collaborative solutions. During the stakeholders meet, the experts, stakeholders, and policymakers suggested to deliberate on fostering healthier family dynamics and societal harmony through effective parenting practices.