Gilani for empowering women economically

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said that the women have to be empowered economically to help them play a positive role in the nation building.Talking to Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Minister For Women Development, here at the PM House, the Prime Minister said the Peoples Party’s government was committed to take all steps for emancipation of women within religious, cultural and social parameters, in line with Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s vision.The Prime Minister expressed confidence that all the provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and AJK will also take initiatives for women emancipation.

He hoped that the provincial governments will make arrangements to implement the “Protection of women against sexual harassment at work place” Act passed by the Parliament.The Prime Minister said that the government was aware of social, economic and political challenges being faced by women.He assured support of the Federal government in expediting pending legislation at provincial level for protection of women.He urged the Ministry of Population Welfare to utilize all available resources to streamline energy of youth who constitute the major chunk of the population.Dr Firdous appreciated Prime Minister’s vision for uplift of women, the poor and minorities. She apprised him of various programmes pertaining to women emancipation including transport facility for the working women and students from rural to urban centers.She also apprised him of ongoing schemes of the ministry of Population Welfare – APP