Role of women in society pivotal: Wasim Akhtar

KARACHI: The role of women in a society is pivotal for the development, said Wasim Akhtar, the nominated mayor for Karachi.

He was speaking at a seminar organized on Tuesday by the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Studies, University of Karachi.

The moot was organized in connection with the International Women’s Day.

Wasim was of the view that legislations is not enough as it needs to be implemented in order to achieve the goal of women empowerment.

He was of the view that several legislations have been made by the parliament for women empowerment but most of them are not implemented in letter and spirit.

Wasim said that he was delighted to see that the women’s day is organized on regular basis and it provides a greater awareness among the women about their rights.

He stated that Punjab Assembly bill on women harassment protection is commendable but it is facing criticism which is not good and a discriminatory behavior towards the women.

“Our party has strived a lot for women rights in the federal and provincial governments,” remarked Wasim who belongs of Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

The seminar on `Self Employed Women in Pakistan’ in connection with the International Women’s Day (IWD) on Tuesday was organized by Centre of Excellence for Women’s Studies, University of Karachi, in collaboration with Higher Education Commission, Department of Social Work, University of Karachi and Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Niswan at Center of Excellence for Women Studies KU.

Wasim lauded the efforts of Director Women Studies Center KU Prof Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah ,in this regard and called for having such programs on regular basis.

“I am seeing the women playing a key role in every walk of life. Legislations are not enough; it needs to be implemented in order to achieve the goal of women empowerment. We have to promote cottage industry in order to empower women and our youth must be educated as well. Women must rise against all odds for their rights,” Wasim added.

Karachi University’s Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Moonis Ahmar, said that a lot has been said and written about women empowerment and rights but it needs to be implemented now.

This mindset that the women are not equal to men exists in the third world, it has to be changed. Women’s role in the country’s development could not be ignored as they are a key part of our society.

Dean Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences KU, Prof. Dr. Khalid Iraqi, said that women living in the rural areas of the country are the game changer. Government must take measures to promote technical and vocational education among the women so that they could be empowered financially and it would also benefit the country’s economy. Women must be provided a safe atmosphere in which they could perform their duties without any fear.

Director Center of Excellence for Women Prof. Dr. Nasreen Aslam Shah said that actions have become the dire need of today to fight against the discriminatory attitude faced by the women due to feudal mindset.

Our women are hardworking but don’t get the due financial reward of their work. Domestic violence and child abuse are the major issues of the society that are needed to be addressed for a better and peaceful society, she added.

12th edition of Journal of Gender Studies Pakistan and 3rd edition of Pakistan Journal of Applied Social Sciences was also launched.