The government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) is following a vision to empower women to ensure economic stability, said Senior Advisor to the Chief Minister Dr Meher Taj Roghani at a conference.
The roundtable conference had been organised on Monday by the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Peshawar, said the press release issued.
Roghani, who advises the chief executive on matters pertaining to social welfare and environment, said the government believes empowering women and the youth will help develop the province. A committee is already engaged in efforts to make this possible, maintained Roghani.
“We are expecting the media will promote awareness and help in building opinions as well as enabling us to benefit people to the greatest extent,” she said.
The chief guest, K-P Governor Shaukatullah Khan, also appreciated the input of women in the country’s economic development.
The governor spoke at length about initiatives taken by the chamber of commerce to enable women to contribute towards the country and their own families – a harbinger for positive change in the socio-economic fabric.
The K-P governor went on to laud the use of information technology which has opened new avenues for women in addition to traditional craft and agriculture-based cottage industries.
Shaukatullah offered his assistance for collaboration between the FATA Secretariat and Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry if it meant using potential opportunities available in the tribal region and assisting the women of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
Minister for Education Atif Khan, who was also present at the occasion, asked the chamber to focus on certain fields where women were better placed to contribute towards their own wellbeing as well as that of the country.
Women Chamber of Commerce President Nuzhat Rauf and Vice President Shamama Arbab spoke about the organisation’s work. Arbab urged the authorities to be more generous in the provision of loans to women entrepreneurs.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2013.