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Press Release NCSW - Depriving women of development funds is discrimination
Apr 29, 2015
Depriving women of development funds is discrimination: NCSW
29 April 2015
For Immediate Release: NCSW took note of the recent developments in the parliament and the walkout of the women parliamentarians on the denial of development funds. In a statement issued today, the Commission supported women parliamentarians’ position.
“NCSW views this demand as legitimate. As members of assemblies they are entitled to an equal status as their male counterparts. Women’s seats are reserved under the Constitutional provision of affirmative action in order to ensure women’s participation in public affairs and law making. Women in Assemblies have actively participated in all kinds of debates and have demonstrated their ability to participate fully. Their attendance has been more regular, they have raised questions, moved resolutions, tabled legislation and ably chaired Committees. Over the last decade women parliamentarians have been at the forefront of introducing and steering some landmark legislation for women’s protection and empowerment.
Depriving women of development funds is discrimination and undermines the very objective of the affirmative action i.e. to get women into the mainstream to the point that they no longer will need special provisions. The Commission urges the government to revisit its decision and allocate development funds to women parliamentarians so that they too are in a position to take initiatives for women’s welfare and services.“
The National Commission on the status of Women is a statutory body established in 2000. It is currently headed by Ms. Khawar Mumtaz, a senior women’s right activist. The Secretariat of the Commission is based in Islamabad.
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