|Posted by Aftab on May 30, 2010 at 5:51 AM||comments (0)|
Since the times of Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to a white man in the bus, women in the US have come a long way. In the most recent presidential election held in 2008, two women candidates were nominated for the top posts Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton for President and the then Alaskan governor, Sarah Palin for Vice President. It is a sad fact that neither Clinton nor Palin could make it. Although Clinton has been in the White House before but it was as the First Lady not as the President.
Pakistan in sharp contrast to US, gave the Islamic World its first female Head of State some 20 years ago. Since that time women in Pakistan have proved their mettle in politics, arts, sciences, law and even military forces. Yes, it is true that the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul inducts women candidates to become Army Officers. It is small wonder then that women empowerment is on the rise in the country. From the largest number of seats in the National Assembly to the Speaker National Assembly and even the sensitive position of the Minister of State for finance all belong to women of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Giliani was quoted saying "I often mention this, that my constituency is women and minorities". On the convention organized by Women Parliamentarians Caucus, the PM encouraged the women legislators to work across party lines to become catalyst for change for the generations to come.
To encourage diversity in work space, Gilani announced 10% quota for the women. He mentioned the setting up of the office of Women Ombudsman as well as the Women Commission of Pakistan for creation of opportunities for women--- a segment that has been the most neglected. About the development funds allocated to the female legislators at the Federal level, the Premier emphasized that there would be "no discrimination" between male and female legislators hoping that the provinces would follow suit.
This is a great achievement by the women of Pakistan both within and outside the corridors of power, who through their untiring efforts, commitment and persistence have made the world recognize them. It is their efforts that have made the government pledge to their empowerment and protection of their rights.