American Consul General Grace W. Shelton said on Wednesday that the United States is working on gender equality both domestically and internationally. Americans want to see gender equality policy prevailing in the developing countries since it is a tool of development. The United States is funding these countries, including Pakistan, for gender equality initiatives and policy-making.
She was delivering her keynote address on the second day of the three-day international conference titled “Towards Inclusive Governance and Efficient Institutions for Sustainable Development (TIGEISD).” It was organized by Applied Economics Research Center (AERC) at Karachi University.
Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson in her keynote address praised Pakistan in terms of women’s empowerment in the field of politics, comparing it with her own country. “Pakistan is a leader in elevating women to national leadership. In Australia, despite being one of the first countries to grant women the vote, it took until 2010 before women filled the highest offices of Prime Minister and Governor General. But we are still not at parity in parliament. While there are more women in the civil service, women are still behind men at leadership levels. In Pakistan, there are impressive number of female students in every scientific and economics field, but it is rare to find women in academic leadership roles,” she added.
She talked about prominent Pakistani women, saying that Pakistan now has first women foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua, the Balochistan Assembly has its very first women speaker and women are in mainstream portfolios including Punjab’s finance minister Ayesha Pasha. There are women working for rule of law like Asma Jahangir and Hina Jilani, while the world’s youngest Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousufzai, is also a Pakistani. There are women in every field, including the air force, the police and cricket.
Comparing Pakistan’s level of women’s empowerment, in Australia, she said that there is a long road yet to travel to achieve equality. In Australia, the government has made gender equality a core domestic policy priority and foreign policy priority. Violence against women and girls puts a break on economic growth; it negatively affects women’s productivity in the workplace. In Australia, the government has made gender equality a core domestic policy priority and foreign policy priority.
Report. US funding Pakistan for gender equality initiatives: CG. Business Recorder, October 25, 2017.