Women empowerment termed a key to national development, rally at SU

Wednesday 08 March 2017 3 months ago 76   Jamshoro   Print

Information Adviser to CM Maula Bux Chandio, VC Sindh University and others in walk on Women Day

Report  Ali Murad Chandio : JAMSHORO: Rally to mark the 40th International Women Day and spread awareness of women rights in society was taken out at the University of Sindh Jamshoro here on Wednesday. Organized by SU Institute of Gender Studies, a gigantic rally was taken out from the mausoleum of varsity s founder vice chancellor Allama I.I Kazi which was led by the vice chancellor of Sindh University Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat and the provincial adviser to CM Sindh on information & broadcast Maula Bux Chandio. Taking to the media, the provincial adviser on information and broadcast Maula Bux Chandio said that women were equal to men in every way even in the concept of nationhood and any attempt to isolate, degrade, deprive or marginalize them of their rights would be resisted by his party. “MohtaramaBenazir Bhutto Shaheed in her capacity as the first premier of the Islamic World had always led from the front in nation’s quest for progress, prosperity, peace and equality”, he said. The advisor urged on the need for economic empowerment of women and ensuring equal opportunities for them in all spheres of life, arguing that only then the attitude of this man-dominated society towards the fairer segment would change. “Sindh government is doing its best to assign a key positions and role to the women in the province. He further said his govt. was committed to educating &empowering women in order to realize the vision and mission of Mohatarma Benazir Bhutto”, said Maula Bux Chandio. Addressing the rally, the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat said that true liberation of women came from their socio-economic and gender emancipation adding that only a yearly day was not enough to mark women’s importance in society. “We will be organizing round the year seminars and symposiums and invite the female students to lead and participate in poster, essay writing, short story, debate, street theater, and skits based on women empowerment and the prizes would be distributed to those who would excel in these competitions”, he said. He stressed the importance of women handicrafts, women industries and the increasing role of women in the current complex and challenging economic scenario. “For women empowerment, the universities-industries nexus is necessary; we can provide higher education to the women and the industrialists must come forward to create the sources of livelihood for them in order to help them get on their feet”, said Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat. He also spoke on how the varsity girls could find out their hidden talents by knowing themselves, enhancing skills to tune and shape themselves for a better future. Dr. Burfat underlined the need for educating women so that they could play an active role in the development of the country adding that the goals of development could not be achieved without educating & mainstreaming women as equal partners. Social reformist Dr. Azhar Ali Shah on the occasion highlighted various reasons leading to the failure of the state in empowering women, who constitute 49 per cent of the total population, and ensuring protection to them from excesses, ranging from domestic violence to murder. He said that celebrating the international women day was actually applauding women global struggle for their empowerment and renewing the commitment to the cause. He said the aim of the struggle was transforming society into the one that was free from all kinds of discrimination against women. Civil society leader and activist on women rights Dr. Arfana Mallah observed that more women were coming forward and proving their mettle in the fields of politics, economics, public administration and other fields. “But we cannot claim to be having a society free from gender-based discrimination as gender inequality can still be seen in all spheres of life. There is low representation of women in public offices and decision- making bodies and leadership,” she argued. She was of the view that role of women could not be ignored while addressing any issue, be it education, health, climate change, extremism, terrorism or political and economic stability of the country. Therefore, she added, full empowerment of women would greatly help the state to cope with issues and crises. Director Institute of Gender Studies at Sindh University Dr. Misbah Bibi, agreeing with Dr. Mallah, also shed light on the socio-economic condition of home-based women workers and called for improving their education level and developing their skills, besides providing them access to local and international markets. She also called for ensuring all basic facilities as well as financial assistance and welfare services to rural women for their social uplift. Poetess and columnist Amar Sindhu called women plight a ‘joint story’, arguing that things were not different in the country. She said Pakistani society was a male-fixated one where women were treated with discrimination, disrespect and selective attitude. She said there were four types of violence — physical, psychological, sexual and social adding that women should learn to be aware of their own problems and challenges. She said women led a life of constant stress which affected their health. Amar Sindhu said we did not relate violence to a chronic disease whereas new data suggested that 15 to 20 per cent ailments were caused by a violent anti-women environment. Among many female students and lady teachers, SU Registrar Muhammad Mashooque Siddiqui, PVC Sindh University Thatta Campus Prof. Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Solangi, Dr. Aslam Parvez Memon, Dr. Nagina Parveen, Dr. MuniruddinSoomro, Engr. Sajjad Hussain Shah, Ghulam Nabi Bhallai, Dr. Fida Chandio, Dr. Farida Shaikh, Dr. Arbeela Agha, MariyamKeerio and Rubina Qureshi also participated in the walk. 02