ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan stands committed towards women’s emancipation through ensuring their legal, economic, political and social empowerment.“Our government fully acknowledges the fact that the women in Pakistan are largely from the rural areas and that their contribution in the economy of the country, through their participation in the agriculture and livestock in particular, is significant. Yet, we realize, that the role of rural women is not recognized in our society due to various socio-cultural reasons,” the Prime Minister said in a message on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women.
He said that it is for this reason that Pakistan joins the world community in dedicating and declaring October 15 as not only the International Rural Women’s Day as declared by the UN, but also as a National Rural Women’s Day of Pakistan. He said that all know that this year, the women of Pakistan, especially the rural women and their families in flood affected areas have seen unprecedented destruction and have suffered the most.
“Women remain the ultimate suffers of the wars and natural disaster’ and as the situations have emerged in the recent years, the women have faced the worst brunt but I assure that we stand by them and, hence, we are doing our best to help and support them,” the Prime Minister said.
He said that the government, the NDMA and DMAs and all are committed to work for the flood affected women, men and children, adding that “we will make sure that no women headed households are ignored or discriminated against in the relief and recovery services”.
In this regard, he said, “the government supports and encourages all those who work for the rights of rural women”.
The Prime Minister congratulated Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA) for pioneering the efforts for the visibility and advocacy for the rights of rural women in Pakistan.-APP