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The President of the National Assembly emphasizes the role of women’s participation in legislationMEERI News

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National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thursday, while recognizing the role of women in the development of the country, said that without the integration of women in legislation, economy and politics, development remains a distant dream.

He expressed these views while addressing the participants of the “Women’s Parliamentary Caucus National Conference” organized by the Women’s Caucus ( ) at the Pakistan Institute of Parliaments (PIPS).

The speaker congratulated WPC Secretary Shahida Rehmani for organizing the conference as it was the first time such an effort was being made to bring together women legislators from national and provincial assemblies under one roof.

He said that women have always worked dedicatedly towards bringing sustainable changes in the lives of their fellow women and they have always played an imperative role in strengthening inter-provincial ties.

While remembering the determination of Shaheed Benzair Bhutto, the speaker said that she was a symbol of invincible women as she served as the 11th and 13th Prime Minister of the country.

He said she was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim-majority country.

WPC Secretary Shahida Rehmani during her welcome remarks highlighted the great role of women parliamentarians in the development of Pakistan.

The German ambassador also said that “Germany supports the empowerment of women because their involvement and participation in decision-making is essential for sustainable development and building peaceful societies”, Equal voice creates opportunities for equality.

Resilient Women Network, President, Asiya Nasir highlighted the significant role of women parliamentarians in policy intervention to promote women’s rights and strengthen their participation for socio-economic development of the country.

She acknowledged the tireless efforts of Shahid Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Dr. Fehmida Mirza and all other parliamentarians in strengthening democracy.

MNA, Nafisa Shah highlighted the WPC’s work on the principle of issue-based connectivity.

MNA Kishwer Zehra while talking about gender discrimination and inequality suggested to establish more platforms to ensure substantial representation of women in every sphere.

Senator Sana Jamali appreciated the efforts of the Speaker of the National Assembly and Secretary of the WPC in bridging the gap between the Federal and Provincial Assemblies to promote the essential role of women parliamentarians and work together for the betterment of women across the country.

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