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NA Speaker inaugurated National Coordination Forum - online Portal for coordination among women Parliamentary Causes

Thursday, 24th November, 2022

 National Assembly Secretariat

Directorate General of Media 
Press Release
Women inclusion in decision making: economies grow, peace prevails & Nations flourish says NA Speaker
Empowered women  makes every  Nation prosperous and developed  says NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf
NA Speaker inaugurated National Coordination Forum - online Portal for coordination among women Parliamentary Causes
Islamabad : 24th November 2022: National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has  said that  Parliamentary democracies are the only  vanguards of human rights, gender equality and sustainable developments in a country. He said that women have have been at  the center of development agenda of SDGs . While recognizing the role of women in the development of Pakistan, he said that  Without integration of women in legislation, economy, and politics  Nation’s development remains a distant dreams. He expressed these views while addressing the participants  ocof the "National Conference of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus”  organized by Women Parliamentary Caucus ( WPC)  in Pakistan Institute of Parliament Serves ( PIPS)  today . 
The Speaker congratulated  Secretary WPC Ms. Shahida Rehmani for arranging a National Conference of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus as it is for the first time that such an effort has been made to gather Women Legislators from National and Provincial Assemblies under one roof. He said that Women have always worked dedicatedly towards bringing sustainable change in the lives of their fellow women and  they have always played an imperative role in strengthening inter-provincial ties. 
While commemorating the determination of  Mohtamra Shaheed Benzair Bhutto, the Speaker  said that she  is a symbol of invincible women as  a he served as the 11th and 13th Prime Minister of Pakistan. He said that  She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority country.
Secretary WPC Ms Shahida Rehmani during her welcome remarks highlighted the extensive role played by women Parliamentarians in the development of Pakistan. German Ambassador also said "Germany supports women empowerment as their inclusion & participation in decision making is essential for sustainable development & building peaceful societies", Equal voice creates opportunities for equality. 
Ms. Asiya Nasir President, Resilient Women Network highlighted the significant role of Women Parliamentarians in policy intervention to promote women_rights & enhance their participation for socio-economic development of the country.She acknowledged the tireless efforts of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Dr. Fehmida Mirza & all other Women Parliamentarians in strengthening democracy.
 MNA/Former Secretary WPC  Ms. Nafisa Shah  highlighted  WPC works on the principal of issue based affiliations.  MNA Ms. Kishwer Zehra while talking about gender discrimination and inequality proposed to establish more platforms to ensure significant representation of women in every sphere.
Senator Sana Jamali appreciated efforts of Speaker National Assembly & Secretary  WPC  for bridging gap between Federal & Provincial Assemblies to promote substantial role of women Parliamentarians & work together for betterment of women across the country.
The National Conference of Women's Parliamentary Caucus was attended by women Senators, Members from Federal and Provincial  Assemblies,  women intelligentsia and  women graduates from across Pakistan.