Bilawal calls for women’s empowerment, gender parity

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that Islam forbids us from injustice against people, nations and women.

The Foreign Minster expressed these views during a conference titled “Women in Islam " being held on the sidelines of the Commission on Status of Women at the UN headquarters in New York.

The Foreign Minister told the participants that the Islam It shuns race, colour and gender as a basis of distinction among persons. He said “Islam treats women as human beings in their own right, not as chattel. He said under Islamic law and tradition the Sharia, he said a woman had an independent social and legal identity and enjoys civil, political, economic, and cultural rights as well as inherit, divorce, receive alimony and child custody.

In his keynote address, the FM Bilawal said ”Islamic history attests to the outstanding role played by Muslim women in all walks of life – education, enterprise, economics, politics and governance. He pointed out that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) declared that the pursuit of knowledge is incumbent on every Muslim, male and female. In that regard, he said, Fatima al-Fihri founded the world’s oldest continuously operating educational institution in 859 AD.

He said Muslim women have been agents of change in their societies. He said Islamic history is replete with examples of illustrious women: Hazrat Khadija (R.A.), a women business entrepreneur; Hazrat Ayesha (R.A.), a scholar and preacher; Hazrat Zainab Bint Ali (R.A.), a brave fighter, participant and survivor of the battle of Karbala; Hazrat Rabia Basri, a Sufi mystic; Shuhdah al-Baghdadiyyah, a scholar and calligrapher; Fatima al-Samarqandi, a scholar and jurist.

The Foreign Minister said even today, millions of Muslim women continued to dominate multiple fields – politics, education, health, science, commerce- in Muslim societies, citing Megawati Sukarnoputri, the first Muslim female President (of Indonesia), Najla Bouden, Prime Minister of Tunisia; Tansu Çiller, Prime Minister of Turkiye, Elsafty, a computer scientist at the University of Cambridge; Anousheh Ansari, first Muslim space explorer and astronaut, and Malala Yousufzai, the youngest Muslim girl to have won the Nobel Prize.

In Pakistan’s history, the foreign minister said, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s sister was at the forefront of the independence struggle and in the struggle for democracy.

He said “my mother, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, was he first Muslim female Prime Minister, underscoring that she was elected to office by a huge majority, after a long and difficult struggle against dictatorship.” He spoke of the wide-ranging reforms she carried out during her premiership that empowered women of the country.

HE said women in Pakistan, had held prominent positions in every facet of life: as cabinet ministers, the Governor of State Bank, Speaker of National Assembly, judges in the superior judiciary and as federal and provincial secretaries to the government, district commissioners and district police officers, army generals, fighter pilots, ambassadors, and UN peacekeepers.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari urged the Afghan Interim Government to reverse these restrictions and enable the women of Afghanistan to make their full and invaluable contribution to the development and progress of their nation.

During the opening session, the President of the UN General Assembly, Csaba Korosi, made his opening remarks followed by the Executive Director of the UN-Women, Sima Bahous, the Chairperson of the CSW, Ambassador Mathu Joyini and Ambassador Hameed Ajibaiye Opeloyeru, OIC Observer Mission to the UN, who delivered a message on behalf of Secretary-General of OIC, Ambassador Hissein Braham Taha. A recorded message of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed was also played. She conveyed her greetings to the conference on behalf of herself and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Int’l Women’s Day: President, PM emphasize need to empower women for development

International Women's Day is being celebrated across the world including Pakistan today to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The theme of this year's day is DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.

A number of functions and events will be organized in connection with the day.

President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have emphasized the need to empower women for development of society.

In their separate messages on International Women's Day, they called for increasing participation of women in all walks of life.

President Dr Arif Alvi said Pakistan needs to increase women's access to technology and digital literacy programs, especially in far-flung areas.

He said besides providing them access to internet services, laptops and other digital technologies, we should encourage more women to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Dr Arif Alvi said it is essential to provide resources and support to women entrepreneurs and business owners to make them financially independent.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in his message, said International Women's Day is the day to recognize the key role of women in society and their contribution to the evolution of human civilization.

He said history witnesses that the development of human society is not possible without the constructive role of women.

Shehbaz Sharif said our religion Islam granted equal rights to women 14 hundred years ago.

The Prime Minister stressed that the entire society had to work together to ensure more empowerment, protection and fair rights for women.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says International Women's Day is not only a day to protect women's rights and renew their determination, but it is a day to recognize the sacrifices, services and loyalties of women who make house as a family and shape a society into a civilized society with relationships like mother, sister, daughter and wife.

In her message on the occasion of International Women's Day today, she saluted the parents and teachers, who do not differentiate between their daughters and sons and help them move forward in the life. She said every home will progress only by treating girls equally.

The Minister said education of a girl means development of generations and a healthy and confident daughter makes a healthy, confident and dignified nation.

Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman says the purpose of observing International Women's Day is to encourage women, recognize their rights and spread awareness among people regarding the equal status of women.

In her message on the occasion of International Women's Day, she said forty nine percent of Pakistan's population consists of women and they are the backbone of our family system, society, country and economy.

Sherry Rehman said women should get their rights and status according to the constitution and law so that they can lead a socially and economically dignified life.

She dedicated this year's International Women's Day to the workers, labourers and flood-affected women across the country saying that this day symbolizes their struggle.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Finance Minister terms agriculture as backbone of country’s economy

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said agriculture is the backbone of economy and the government is keen to provide maximum facilities to the farmers in order to reduce cost of farming and increase production.

He said this while talking to Managing Director of Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Limited Arif Ur Rehman, who called on him in Islamabad today.

The Managing Director informed that his company is contributing largely in manufacturing DAP and striving for sustainable agricultural growth in Pakistan.He updated the Minister about company’s future investment plans to produce micro-nutrient products in order to bring more vitalities to the fields and thereby the increase the production.

Ishaq Dar appreciated the contribution of FFBL and stressed the importance of Fertilizer sector for the agriculture sector and economic growth of the country.

Source: Radio Pakistan