Islamabad. November 24 (APP): National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that parliamentary democracy is the only axis of human rights, gender equality and sustainable development in the country. Women have been active in the SDGs. The role of women in the development of the country is very important. He expressed these views while addressing the participants of "National Conference of Women's Parliamentary Caucus" organized by Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) at Pakistan Institute of Parliament Services (PIPS) on Thursday.
The Speaker congratulated Secretary WPC Shahida Rahmani for organizing the National Conference of Women's Parliamentary Caucus and said that it was the first time that an attempt was made to gather women legislators of National and Provincial Assemblies under one roof. He said that women have always worked to bring lasting change in the lives of their fellow women and they have always played an important role in strengthening inter-provincial relations.
Remembering Ms. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the Speaker said that she was a symbol of unparalleled women as she served as the 11th and 13th Prime Minister of Pakistan. He said that she is the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim-majority country. Secretary WPC Shahida Rahmani during her welcome speech highlighted the immense role of women parliamentarians in the development of Pakistan.
On this occasion, the German ambassador said that "Germany supports the empowerment of women because their involvement and participation in decision-making is essential for sustainable development and building peaceful societies", equal voice creates opportunities for equality. President of Resilient Women Network Asia Nasir said that there is a need to improve the policy to promote the rights of women and increase their contribution to the socio-economic development of the country.
He acknowledged the tireless efforts of martyr Ms. Benazir Bhutto, Dr. Fehmida Mirza. And appreciated the role of all other women parliamentarians in strengthening democracy. The national conference was attended by women senators, members of federal and provincial assemblies, women intellectuals and women graduates from all over Pakistan.