People from all walks of life on Thursday highlighted the challenges faced by working women in different sectors of the society organised by the by AASS Foundation.
Speaking at the seminar, “Challenges to working Women in Pakistan,” Nasreen Azhar from HRCP highlighted that a majority of females in Pakistan are engaged in the agricultural sector and domestic work but there is no acknowledgment or financial reward to their services.
“A lot needs to be done in policy and legislation to safeguard their rights.”
Fouzia Saeed from Lok Virsa stressed on need of women empowerment. She added that this is a big effort by AASS Foundation to empower sensitise Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) on the need to address challenges to working women. “In our society women are facing problems from home based violence to external harassment and CSO’s need to change attitudes of society toward working women.”
Shad Begum, a social worker from Lower Dir, highlighted the issues of females from FATA that are limited work opportunities for females and even if there is any place for them, women are being sexually harassed. She added that they are making committees for their protection and rights of working women.
Taking the discussion forward women’s rights activist Qamar Naseem highlighted the issues of women in K-P especially in IDP camps where women are harassed and mistreated.
Uzma Osho, Chairperson AASS Foundation stressed that the government and civil society organisations should work together for the development and implementation of gender policy in their respective sectors to improve working conditions. She concluded that a nation is empowered, only when its women are empowered.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2015.
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