Gender Agenda high on government priority 

English Ministries Official News

Islamabad, September 20, 2021 (PPI-OT):A high-level meeting was chaired by the Minister Planning Development and Special Initiatives here in Islamabad on Saturday. Member Social Sector and Devolution presented the draft gender roadmap which proposed gender integration across all national policies, programs, offices and key management processes.

The roadmap is designed to close the gender gap in education and employment, simultaneously empowering the young women to yield a substantive SDG dividend that can in turn catalyse the economic growth of Pakistan. The agenda of Gender Development and Equality has been taken up as a national priority by the current Government.

The final gender roadmap is a key product emerging from months’ long nation-wide iterative consultations engaging the National Youth Council, academicians, subject experts, national task forces, youth voices from across the globe, government officials and development partners. Several high impact interventions were discussed to mainstream gender across all key priorities.

The packages of high impact strategic interventions were proposed keeping in view the confronting challenges to inform mindful investment in closing the gender gap and creating equitable opportunities for women and girls. The Minister Asad Umar underscored the importance of gender-transformative workplaces. He desired that a policy framework be developed based on deliberations and rapid research, identifying the current barriers faced by female workers in public and private sector organizations.

The key recommendations outlined in the framework should not only guide development of a public sector program but must also be supported by necessary legal instruments to make working environment conducive and progressive for women. During the meeting, the Minister Planning, Development and Special Initiatives expressed his concern over the rising proportion of out-of-school children following the pandemic globally as well as in Pakistan, sharing the Government’s intent in tackling this challenge as a national priority.

The Minister highlighted the need for exploiting the e-school experiences from the pandemic and using COVID19 as an opportunity for introducing innovative e-solutions, e-schools and accelerated learning programs for reaching out of school children.

While reviewing the proposed innovative employment generating and skill-building strategies, the Minister advised that the same be reviewed in tandem with the existing interventions under the Kamyab Jawan Programme to consolidate efforts and resources under one umbrella for an optimum impact.

The importance of dedicated transport facilities for young females was highlighted for both accessing educational and employment opportunities. The Minister desired for a comprehensive proposal to be presented in this regard in the coming week.

The minister emphasized the national priority accorded to gender empowerment and the urgency to respond to the current situation He asked for the proposed two-year roadmap to be presented before sectoral experts, industry leaders, and policy think tanks, and their inputs sought while finalizing the same.

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Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives
“P” Block, Pakistan Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
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