To commemorate the International Women’s Day, the achievements made by the women of Pakistan were celebrated at the Presidency in Islamabad on 8 March in a programme co-organised by the Ministry of Human Rights, the UN Women and the European Union under Haqooq-e-Pakistan project. The President of Pakistan H. E. Dr Arif Alvi was the chief guest on the occasion. The event marked the progress achieved in safeguarding and promoting women rights in Pakistan. Occasion also provided opportunity to underline next steps needed to ensure further empowerment of women and gender equality.
Women leaders and representatives from all over Pakistan shared their achievements as well as spoke about challenges they faced in their respective fields. Amongst the speakers were the Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza; the Federal Minister for Minister for Defence Production Zubedia Jalal; the Ombudsperson for KP Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Rukhshanda Naz; the first Transgender police officer in Pakistan Reem Sharif; the top position holder in ACCA examination Zara Naeem; and a young athlete from Jacobabad (Sindh) Erum Baloch.
President Dr. Arif Alvi has emphasized on women empowerment through better health and education, hereditary rights and financial independence. During her address, HoD Pakistan Androulla Kaminara appreciated the progress made by Pakistani women while signifying the needed for their further empowerment and inclusion in all fields.