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April 14, 2019

No progress unless women are given better opportunities, seminar told

Karachi

 
April 14, 2019

Scholar and writer Dr Alia Imam has said that unless women are provided with better opportunities, the society cannot progress.

She was addressing a seminar on ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistani Women’, in connection with International Women’s Day at Greenwich University, Karachi, on Friday.

The seminar was jointly organised by Greenwich University and Karachi Editors Club.

Dr Imam said it was imperative to understand and identify the rights of women to solve their problems. She stressed that positive thinking should be developed to mitigate the sufferings of the women.

Syma Nadeem, PTI MNA and parliamentary secretary, speaking as chief guest, said the current government’s plans for women empowerment included health and education, assistance for poor widows, economic empowerment of women, joint ownership in housing schemes and inheritance rights.

The president and general secretary of Karachi Editors Club, Mubasher Mir and Manzar Naqvi, said the objective of the seminar was not only to highlight the issues of women but to enhance the confidence of women to meet the challenges within the society. News One TV Anchor Fizza Shakil, entrepreneur Asma Tirmizi, TV artist Sabahat Bukhari, HoD of Media Department Dr Sabir Ahmed, poetess and social activist Qandeel Jafri, and senior journalist at Jang Group Uzma Al-Kareem also spoke.

They said women had fewer opportunities but more challenges.

There were men who did not accept women empowerment and who created hurdles in their way to success, they said, adding that gender discrimination and illiteracy were some of the issues which the women were facing in our society.

Even the banks did not give loans to women because they were considered as second-class citizens, they remarked.

Later, shields on behalf of the vice chancellor of Greenwich University, Seema Mughal, were distributed among the participants of the seminar.

Certificates of appreciation were given to the prominent media personalities by Karachi Editors Club.

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