ISLAMABAD: Civil society organisations (CSOs) on Thursday demanded the appointment of female enumerators to conduct the sixth population census. In a news conference on Thursday, representatives of civil society and human rights activists claimed that in 1998 census, the government did not appoint female enumerators. As a result, the male to female ratio was skewed in some districts since not all women were counted. They said that tens of thousands of women were working in the country today including women health workers, female teachers who had proven their worth in the anti-polio campaign time and again. They further pointed out that the census was being conducted during office hours when most of the men – especially in urban areas – would be absent from homes. The civil society organisations recommended that the government immediately take concrete measures to deploy female enumerators.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2017.