Government to support Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Islamabad Expo 2012 we believe in wider representation, empowering women: Butt

Islamabad: Chairman PM’s Task Force on Islamabad Faisal Sakhi Butt on Sunday said government has been empowering women through different initiatives which will ensure their wider representation in all spheres of life.

Government has embarked upon an ambitious plan to encourage, build capacity, and improve visibility of women through close cooperation with non-government entities, he said.

He said that government will support Islamabad Expo 2012 being organised by Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) next month.

Faisal Sakhi Butt said this while talking to a delegation of women entrepreneurs led by Samina Fazil, founder president IWCCI.

He said that tendency of depreciating role and contributions of women in the society need to be changed to secure development of the society and country.

Mr. Butt said that government-backed initiatives will ensure diversity, gender equality, and removal of barriers in different sectors for wider female participation in all walks of life.

More than 600 million working women in the world are trapped in insecure jobs, a similar number do not have protection against domestic violence, while millions have no access to justice, Faisal Sakhi Butt informed.

At the occasion, Samina Fazil said that search for justice for women is difficult, it is expensive, and laws as well as legal systems frequently discriminate against them.

127 countries do not have effective laws on use of force against women while only 14 per cent of reported cases ended in a conviction.

She demanded reforms to ensure paid maternity leave, equal pay and equal property rights, support for services, and an increase in the recruitment of women government departments.

Gender should be identified as a priority issue by donor agencies; said Samina adding that little funding is keeping women backward.

World Bank spent 874 billion dollars in last ten years in which only 7.3 billion went into programmes aimed at gender equality which should be a wake-up call, she said.

For more information, contact:
Samina Fazil
Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Mobile: +92323 5343199
Tel: +9251 2252256

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