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November 8, 2016

Women empowerment key to prosperous society: First Lady

National

 
November 8, 2016

Awards medal to Red Crescent Football Championship winners; distributes wheelchairs among special women

Islamabad: First Lady Begum Mamnoon Hussain said Monday the participation of girls in sports activities is key to a healthier society and stressed the needs for greater efforts to enhance women’s empowerment and create a prosperous society.

The First Lady was addressing an event organised by the Pakistan Red Crescent Women Forum in connection with International Girl Child Day at the President House.The First Lady lauded the services of women in different fields of life and congratulated them for bringing laurels for the country.

She assured maximum support to the Red Crescent Women Forum in activities aimed at women’s empowerment. She also appreciated the efforts of women who were the worst victims of the 2005 earthquake but fought with courage. “These women deserve special attention so that they can play a positive role in the society,” she maintained.

The chairman of PRC Dr. Saeed Elahi said, this year, the PRC Women Forum organised a Girls Football Tournament to catch the spirit of sportsmanship and provide girls with an opportunity to display their potential.

He said the Forum will address the specific experiences of Pakistani women and girls in times of disaster (whether natural or human induced), such as distinct healthcare needs in emergencies, or vulnerabilities due to delayed access to early warnings.

Former Pakistani women’s football captain Sana Mehmood and Amber Rasheed also spoke on the occasion.Later, the First Lady distributed shields among women participants and distributed wheelchairs among disabled women. Representatives of international and national NGOs, students, and female volunteers of PRC attended the ceremony.