Equal opportunities for women must for progress: Attiya
RE - Former federal minister and MNA Dr Attiya Inayatullah has said that having all rights the Western women could not attain a place of respect and honour as enjoyed by our women without having any rights.
She was addressing a special sitting titled 'Rights of Women - hurdles and successes organised by the Nazria Pakistan Trust (NPT) in collaboration with Tehrik-e-Pakistan Workers Trust at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan here on Wednesday. Dr Arifa Syeda chaired the meeting.
Dr Attiya said that we neglected Nazria Pakistan after creation of the country that led to infighting and division. She said that all parties conference should be convened to apprise the politician about Pakistan ideology. She said that equal opportunities to women would open doors of development while the women should achieve their objectives by keeping limited agenda before them. She stated that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) termed daughters as the precious asset while the Quaid said Women were the third force after pen and sword.
She was of the opinion that we had been making our women beggars through BISP. She said if the present pace of education continued, we could achieve the required percentage of primary education within five years. Women Reproductive Health Bill had been presented in the National Assembly, she informed and added that according to recent UN report, 100 girls were born with 120 boys in South Asia. She further said that 61 lakh females died during abortion in Pakistan while Islam forbids abortion, which according to it was only permissible when the mothers life was in danger. She said that Women Protection Bill would leave positive effects on the society.
Dr Arifa Syeda said that our women were oppressed due to wrong customs and traditions of the society. She said our women legislators did not work as was required of them. They were demanding plots instead of working for the shelter of others.
Ex-MNA Samia Raheel Qazi said that changes were taking place as the women had been voicing their concern effectively at different forums. She said Islam gave equal rights to women but with little variation but as a whole largest of all religions and times. She said the society developed due to role of women.
Begum Mehnaz Rafi said that International Women Day on March 8 was celebrated all over the world under the UN patronage. She said that ten million women in Pakistan earned livelihood for family and their remuneration should be increased.
Salman Abid said that the plight of women in Sindh and Balochistan and in rural areas was miserable.
Neelam Hussain said that movements in Indo-Pak Sub continent led to repeal of many prejudices and obsolete laws about women.
MPA Amna Ulfat said that key to progress was in hands of women.
Former MPA Misbah Kokab said that women enjoyed more respect in East but they were still being oppressed.
Prof Rashida Qureshi said that women enjoyed 33 per cent seats in Parliament while India had given them now against which a protest was being made. She said no success could be achieved without participation of women in Pakistan movement.
Memona Azam said women were still facing hardship and problems.
Shamim Nazli said that a large number of women died during childbirth, but no legislation had been made to this effect.
Ex-MPA Lubna Tariq presented resolutions which were adopted by the participants of the sitting.