PM Nawaz vows to empower women

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the government was working to ensure broad-based inclusion of women rights in every sphere, at all levels. In his message on the International Women’s Day today, he said, “Women of Pakistan have accomplished great successes in the field of entrepreneurship, IT, science and technology, education, film-making, politics and have held high positions in the government and also in various international organisations.” He said, “Today we join the international community in celebrating International Women’s Day 2017. The theme of the day “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” calls for accelerating the 2030 Agenda towards effective implementation of existing and new commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights.” The prime minister said that the Constitution of Pakistan supports the equal status of women, for instance, the Article-18 and Article-25. “Article-18 of the constitution provides equal space to women in every lawful profession, while Article-25 lays down the principles of non-discrimination and affirmative action in their case,” he explained. He insisted in his message, “Pakistan is making wholehearted efforts to honour and implement its international commitments. The government of Pakistan has ratified seven Core Human Rights Conventions, including the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)”, which the premier said, “is a national obligation to provide for the participation of women at every level to make them valuable and productive members of society.”

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