Islamabad, Aug 13 (INP): The Conference of Women Parliamentarians has vowed to protect and uphold the rights of women enshrined in the country’s Constitution. The conference adopted a resolution on empowering women and encouraging them at every stage of life. The first conference of women parliamentarians was held in connection with the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the first Constituent Assembly held on Friday in the National Assembly Hall.
The resolution also reaffirmed that all national and international commitments to provide fundamental rights to women will be fulfilled in letter and spirit. The resolution states that the representation of women and men in health, education, economy and politics validates and legitimizes the foundations of democracy.
Speaking on the occasion, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said that women are part of the country’s development and progress. He said that the history of Pakistan is evident from the fact that women political leaders fought shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts to achieve the goal of independence. The Speaker of the National Assembly said that on the eve of the 75th Independence Day of our beloved country, let us recognize the sacrifice and struggle of our women on all fronts.
National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said women in Pakistan have proved their worth in all walks of life through hard work and commitment. He said that our history is also clear from the fact that our women parliamentarians have always stood shoulder to shoulder with their counterparts to strengthen democratic norms in society. He said it was Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah who contested the presidential election and martyr Benazir Bhutto became the first woman prime minister of a Muslim country. He said that we also have the role model of Mohtarma Dr. Fahmida Mirza who became the first woman speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. He said that women of Pakistan have proved their worth in all walks of life.