Speakers emphasised Pakistani women and girls need greater opportunities to succeed and contribute to society.
They mentioned this during a Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) webinar titled ‘Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow’.
In her overview of women’s progress in Pakistan, MNA Aliya Hamza Malik stated that a society’s growth is impossible without women’s participation.
She added that the pandemic’s response by women’s leadership has given us a silver lining. Leadership by women can help girls and other women feel more comfortable and understood.
Shaza Fatima, a National Assembly member, claimed Pakistan had one of the poorest gender parity rates. “The first step is to give women the space and respect they need to perform to their full capacity. Unfortunately, women are the most affected by disasters, however their efforts to combat climate change and promote more sustainable development are commendable,” she said.
MGO CEO Aisha Khan stated that “we need to consider women for a balanced society.” Women are adaptable and resilient if given enough space, equal opportunity, and resources. Also, psychological space and conditioning are vital for women, which our culture lacks”.
Dr. Hina Aslam, SDPI Research Fellow, explained that mainstreaming gender response in agricultural techniques will increase household income and reduce financial stress.
She emphasised that we must give women a voice and listen to them at all levels. We need to encourage our girls to participate in all aspects of life and careers, as the sky is the limit for them.