Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Social Welfare and Women Empowerment Sitara Ayaz said a developed and civilized society could not be established without guaranteeing education and due rights to women.
She expressed these views while addressing a function held in connections with Pakistan National Women Day here in Peshawar Press Club (PPC) on Tuesday. The function was also addressed by Member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Shazia Tehmas, and members of social welfare organizations Maryam Bibi, Zeenat Bibi, Khurshid Bano, Rafaqat Bibi and Aliya Rashid.
The provincial minister said that struggle for the rights of women in Pakistan was started in 1983 when political and social workers were imprisoned by then military ruler and human rights were being violated in the country.
She said that on February 12, 1983 women in Lahore took streets and staged protest and sit-ins in shape of groups. She said that today women legislators in National and provincial assemblies are continuing struggle for the rights of the women of the whole country. The Provincial Minister for Social Welfare and Women Empowerment Sitara Ayaz said that the present government has given prestigious status to women in society and particularly special attention is paid to female education in rural areas.
She said that the present government besides granting rights to women of tribal area is concentrating on the girls’ education to enable them for better service of the country and nation. For this purpose, she said they wanted the mainstreaming of the women of tribal area. Sitara Ayaz further stressed on human rights organizations for paying full attention to the rehabilitation of the terrorism affected people. She said that in guaranteeing rights to women Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is far ahead than other provinces of the country.