Rawalpindi - In connection with International Women’s Day 2015, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in collaboration with High Commission of Canada has arranged an interactive forum on the topic “Bol

kay Sach Zinda hai ab Tak.”

The chief guest for the event was Canadian High Commissioner Heather Cruden. Speaking on the occasion, she said that this is a day for commemoration of women achievements and celebration of their extraordinary potentials.

It is a time to reflect on the barriers that still remain there and how they can be overcome. There are many issues which are faced by Pakistani women that can be eradicated by educating women and giving them opportunities to participate in mainstream economy of the country.

She said that this year’s Canadian theme for International Women Day is “Strong Women: Improve Economic Opportunities for All”. Women make a vital contribution every day to both the local and global economy.

She stressed that women are active and positive agents of change. She also said that the power of women in the economy must be unleashed and that their economic participation reduces poverty in families and creates prosperity.

Panellists for the discussion were Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Member National Assembly, Rakhshanda Naz, social activist and former director Aurat Foundation, Seemi Raheel, well-known television actress and social activist, Jahan Ara, information technology expert, Dr Saba Gul Khattak, executive director SDPI, and Kiran Khan, swimmer.

In the introduction, Qurat-Ain-Haider shed light on the importance of Women’s Day and said that it’s a day to acknowledge the efforts of women who excel in their field and represent their country. Panellists discussed the importance of recognizing women and the problems faced by them. They said that women must have clear vision and with dedication and patience they can solve any problem.

They emphasized the need for education and self-belief, which are the key factors for women to progress and play their role in society.

The core message was to work together with zeal and dedication to achieve success and recognition. Panelists also shared their life experiences and how they managed to overcome obstacles through family support and determination.

In her concluding remarks Prof. Dr Naheed Zia Khan, Acting Vice Chancellor & Dean FASS expressed her gratitude to the High Commissioner and the panellists for sharing their experiences and knowledge with the audience.

She said that discussion was very thought provoking, pragmatic and balanced. Constraints and hurdles are the part of life but how we overcome them is more important, she added.

She advised the students to never give up because they are the future of nation and young girls and women can play a pivotal role in the evelopment of the country on every forum.