Maryam Nawaz lauds contribution of Malala, Sharmeen

  • Posted at: 14 Mar, 2017, in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister’s daughter, on Monday said the Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) was playing an important role in championing the cause of women and their global empowerment.


Addressing the three-day international conference organised by Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) here, Maryam said women parliamentarians holding a unique position could prove as an agent of change in societies.


They were the leaders, who could redefine democracy and ensure social justice in the times to come, she added.


Maryam urged the women parliamentarians to become a harbinger of good news for their female compatriots by championing and encouraging them.


“The person behind a successful woman is not necessarily a man, but could be a tribe of women,” she said, adding that healthy dialogue and unity would make women stronger.


She felicitated National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and the Women Parliamentary Caucus for organising the conference with an objective to highlight fundamental issues of rights and responsibilities, and also to add the voice of Pakistani and South Asian women to the universal discourse.


Maryam thanked WPC Secretary Shaista Pervaiz Malik for paying tribute to her mother Begum Kalsoom Nawaz and said she indeed was a wonderful mother and it was her legacy that she herself was trying to carry forward and uphold.


She mentioned that women in many parts of the world faced problems which were punctuated by honour killings, emotional torture and violence.


She said even in developed parts of the world, women were working harder but being paid less as compared to men.


“Every woman sitting here is a living icon of struggle, resilience and courage and the problems could be overcome by the upstanding women like you,” she said.


Maryam Nawaz said immense problems were faced by women as they struggled for their basic rights, health, economic opportunities and social freedom.


“We must recognise the gap and strengthen the state in providing adequate protection to the disadvantaged communities for equitable roles alongside men and against discrimination,” she said.


Maryam said, “We must not allow a weakened status for women in societies.”


She said it was fortunate to belong to a religion that encouraged family values, adding that with those values, the goals of justice and freedom of thought could be achieved.


“We, as nation, aspire to be freed from the tyranny of dictatorship, free of poverty and fear,” she added.


Maryam said Pakistan was today home to remarkable individuals, who were full of courage and dedication.


She mentioned the contributions of the youngest winner of Nobel Prize Malala Yousufzai, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy as first Pakistani to win Academy Awards and first woman pilot Maryam Mukhtar.


She said a strong tradition of female leadership existed back to the era of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) with his wife Khadija as a businesswoman, and later Fatima Jinnah, who worked alongside Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for Pakistan.


National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, former NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, women parliamentarians and international delegates from 16 countries, members of civil society and academia attended the event.

ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister’s daughter, on Monday said the Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) was playing an important role in championing the cause of women and their global empowerment.Addressing the three-day international conference organised by Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) here, Maryam said women parliamentarians holding a unique position could prove as an agent of change in societies.They were the leaders, who could redefine democracy and ensure social justice in the times to come, she added.Maryam urged the women parliamentarians to become a harbinger of good news for their female compatriots by championing and encouraging them.“The person behind a successful woman is not necessarily a man, but could be a tribe of women,” she said, adding that healthy dialogue and unity would make women stronger.She felicitated National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and the Women Parliamentary Caucus for organising the conference with an objective to highlight fundamental issues of rights and responsibilities, and also to add the voice of Pakistani and South Asian women to the universal discourse.Maryam thanked WPC Secretary Shaista Pervaiz Malik for paying tribute to her mother Begum Kalsoom Nawaz and said she indeed was a wonderful mother and it was her legacy that she herself was trying to carry forward and uphold.She mentioned that women in many parts of the world faced problems which were punctuated by honour killings, emotional torture and violence.She said even in developed parts of the world, women were working harder but being paid less as compared to men.“Every woman sitting here is a living icon of struggle, resilience and courage and the problems could be overcome by the upstanding women like you,” she said.Maryam Nawaz said immense problems were faced by women as they struggled for their basic rights, health, economic opportunities and social freedom.“We must recognise the gap and strengthen the state in providing adequate protection to the disadvantaged communities for equitable roles alongside men and against discrimination,” she said.Maryam said, “We must not allow a weakened status for women in societies.”She said it was fortunate to belong to a religion that encouraged family values, adding that with those values, the goals of justice and freedom of thought could be achieved.“We, as nation, aspire to be freed from the tyranny of dictatorship, free of poverty and fear,” she added.Maryam said Pakistan was today home to remarkable individuals, who were full of courage and dedication.She mentioned the contributions of the youngest winner of Nobel Prize Malala Yousufzai, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy as first Pakistani to win Academy Awards and first woman pilot Maryam Mukhtar.She said a strong tradition of female leadership existed back to the era of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) with his wife Khadija as a businesswoman, and later Fatima Jinnah, who worked alongside Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for Pakistan.National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, former NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, women parliamentarians and international delegates from 16 countries, members of civil society and academia attended the event.

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