Wednesday, February 8

PPP chairman pledges equal opportunities for girls, women in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that nations investing in the future of their girl child were not only earning pride for their generations but strengthening the foundation of peaceful, coherent and progressive societies besides inspiring the less fortunate counterparts in the world.

In his message on the eve of International Day of the Girl Child being observed tomorrow the world over under the aegis of the United Nations, the PPP chairman said that Pakistani girls have the role-models like Fatima Jinnah and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto who led the nation against the worst military dictators of their times fighting bravely. “Every Pakistani girl has the potential to become Fatima Jinnah and (Shaheed Mohtarma) Benazir Bhutto if they are provided the required environment, education and facilities,” he added.

Bilawal said that Pakistan’s recent history records how an unarmed girl Malala Yousufzai challenged the obstacles and threats by forces of dark-ages and succeeded in attaining higher education to pursue her dreams.

He stressed the need to focus our attention on addressing the challenges girls face to promote their empowerment and protection of their human rights besides providing them equal opportunities in every field of life.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pledged that his Party would support provision of equal approach to access education, health and promotion facilities for the girls as the PPP remains torch-bearer of gender-equality for its established separate Girls Cadet College, police stations for women, First Women Bank and allotted agriculture lands to landless women peasants.