Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly became the first assembly of the country where baby feeding and day care centres were being set up for women parliamentarians.
K-P Assembly Speaker Mushtaq Ghani on Monday inaugurated both the centres where members of the Women Parliamentary Caucus, UNICEF, K-P health department, P&DW and female members of the assembly were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Ghani appreciated the measures taken and said that now female legislators would not have to leave their infants at home for attending the assembly sessions or committee meetings.
He added that as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the women were being empowered by ensuring their presence in the legislative process.
Women Parliamentary Caucus members Dr Sumaira Shams, Dr Asiya Asad, Madiha Nisar and others highly appreciated the initiative and said the K-P Assembly also took a leading role in every initiative including going paperless and setting up separate chambers for opposition and parliamentary leaders.
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They also called for establishing child care centres at girls colleges and schools for female teachers and other staff.
On the occasion, a representative of the K-P Health Department said the provincial government has started work on a Baby Friendly Hospital project initially in four major hospitals of Peshawar namely LRH, KTH, HMC, MGH and one in DHQ Abbottabad.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2021.
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