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International Women Day: Asif Zardari calls for National Women Empowerment Plan

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Islamabad March 7, 2017: On the eve of International Women Day on Wednesday March 8, former President Asif Ali Zardari has called for devising a National Women Empowerment Plan as well as strengthening
the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) for the emancipation of women and ending discrimination against them.

In a message on the occasion he said that equal rights for women is a most basic human right and the Party will never allow the perpetuation of discrimination against women or their exploitation in the name of

Our leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto led from the front the fight of women to break glass ceilings he said adding “the Party assures the women of Pakistan of full support in their struggle against all forms of exploitation and discrimination”.

Struggle for gender equality, ending discrimination and exploitation and giving voice to women will make Pakistan more tolerant, harmonious and secure, he said.

We salute and express gratitude to the brave and courageous men and women engaged in this struggle, he said.

On this occasion I call for the formulation of a National Women Empowerment Plan. I also call for strengthening the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) to enable it play its role effectively in protecting and promoting the rights of women, he said.

Pakistan ratified over two decades ago the UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and is required to submit to the UN during this year the Periodic Report on its implementation. It would be most appropriate if the year 2017 is made the year of formulation of the National Women Empowerment Plan, he said.

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