Women form about half the population of Pakistan, but hardly 3pc are involved in the decision making process, said PPP Senator Sherry Rehman on Monday.
Ms Rehman was speaking at a seminar on ‘Violent Extremism in Pakistan and Afghanistan, its Impact on Women and Women’s Responses to Radicalisation and Violent Extremism’ hosted by Aware Girls, an organisation working towards gender equality and peace building.
She said women need to come forward and create space for themselves.
“Women should raise a voice for themselves and steps should be taken to involve them in the decision making process. Women face a number of hurdles due to which they cannot play their role in the development of the country,” the senator said.
She said the peace exchange program for the women of Pakistan and Afghanistan was a great step and needs to be enhanced.
ANP Senator Sitara Ayaz said that even today, no one wants to hear a woman’s opinion. The senator said extremism was increasing in both countries and that both need to revise their policies. Women can play an important role in bringing the two nations together, she added.
Lok Virsa Executive Director Dr Fouzia Saeed said the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan should play their role in addressing the differences between their countries.
Reporter. ‘Less than 3pc women are involved in decision making’. Dawn, July 18, 2017.