Governor expresses concern over low ratio of working women

Published: March 12, 2018
Mohammad Zubair. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mohammad Zubair. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: It is an alarming situation that only 20% of women work after getting a professional degree.

This was stated on Sunday by Governor Mohammad Zubair while speaking at an award distribution ceremony organised by Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI), Karachi at Governor House.

Zubair was of the view that those Pakistani women who were working, were extremely talented. Women have proven their worth in the fields of medicine, administrative services, accountancy, banking, business, entrepreneurship, social work and politics by working with devotion and dedication, the governor said, adding that the nation was thankful to its women for their contributions, which helped Pakistan move forward.

However, he expressed concern over the fact that a large percentage of women with professional degrees did not choose to work after their graduation. Citing a study, Zubair said only 20% of women work after getting a professional degree. According to him, it was a matter of grave concern and there was a need to create awareness regarding it.

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We must encourage and motivate women to contribute towards national progress by working in their chosen field, Zubair said. He added that it was essential for the progress and prosperity of the country that every professional worked irrespective of their gender.

The governor also named many Pakistani women who played a prominent role in their fields, including Madar-i-Millat Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto, Bilquis Edhi, Asma Jahangir and Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan.

According to him, it was very encouraging that a large number of women were setting up their own businesses and working as entrepreneurs. He also praised the WCCI for organising an award distribution ceremony for women.

Later, the governor distributed awards among successful women in various fields. The women who received awards included Florence Villers, Saadia Naveed, Tasneem Ahmer Abbas, Munavar Shakir, Momina Duraid, Sophia Saifi, Dr Iffat Yazdani, and Akram Khatoon who was given a lifetime achievement award. PPI

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