ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz Sharif on Monday placed her faith in women as agents of change, saying Islamic history was replete with examples of women leadership.
She was addressing a three-day international conference organised by the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) on the ‘Role of Women Parliamentarians in Strengthening Democracy and Social Justice’.
Maryam Nawaz was the guest of honour at the event. The conference was inaugurated by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.
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Addressing the conference, she said it is high time to work for women’s empowerment for the betterment and development of societies.
Maryam Nawaz said that the Women Parliamentary Caucus has been playing a major role in the empowerment of women in Pakistan. She said Pakistan today is full of extraordinary individuals who have done great jobs in different fields such as education and served the country.
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Although women in Pakistan make up more than half of the total population and despite the fact, enjoy few rights and are still hugely discriminated against, the premier’s daughter claimed that Pakistani women have equal opportunities in its democratic set-up.
Women lawmakers from Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Australia, Romania, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Maldives, Indonesia and Nepal are attending the event, along with those from Pakistan.
The conference will continue during the next three days in the federal capital.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2017.
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