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- Thursday, July 19, 2012 - From Print Edition




ADVISOR to Punjab Chief Minister Begum Zakia Shahnawaz has said that implementation of Women Empowerment Package 2012 was one of the major policy commitments of Punjab government for the welfare of womenfolk in all walks of life.


Begum Zakia Shahnawaz was presiding over a one-day conference for international organisations on “Women Empowerment Package 2012” in Darbar Hall, Punjab Civil Secretariat, organised by Women Development Department, according to a handout here on Wednesday. While appreciating the holding of conference, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz said that the aim of Empowerment Package 2012 was to bring about changes in the structures and processes of government and transform it into an entity that promoted equity among men and women and delivered on the rights and entitlements of women. Begum Zakia Shahnawaz stressed that Empowerment Package 2012 envisaged essential reforms, including policy level transformation to empower women of Punjab.


Miss Iram Bukhari, secretary, Women Development Department, briefed the participants about Women Empowerment Package 2012. She said that the package had two major aspects, firstly to provide ways and means to effectively safeguard women rights and secondly to have far-reaching effects on their socio-economic status by expanding opportunities available to them.


Miss Iram Bukhari, secretary, Women Development Department said that Women Empowerment Package focuses on legal, policy and economic reforms for the uplift of women of the province and through this package Punjab government had set its focus on women empowerment.


She said the recent notifications of Punjab government were intended to encourage female participation in public sector employment through increased quota from 5 to 15 percent, age relaxation and one additional transfer facility.


Miss Iram Bukhari said the purpose of the conference was to sensitise the international organisations regarding Punjab government’s recent initiative for empowerment of women. She said its main objective was coordination and liaison with international organisations for implementation of Women Empowerment Package 2012.


Representatives of World Bank, UNDP, UN, HABITAT, UN, AIDS, UNICEF, WHO, WEP, UNFPA, JICA, HBF, Action, Aid, Asian Development Bank, CIDA and IOM appreciated Women Development Department, Punjab, for organising the conference for international organisations. The participants during discussion expressed their expectation that this event would open new avenues for collaboration between Punjab government and international organisations for empowerment of women in the province.