Azad Kashmir provides an environment conducive to the development of women, according to Masood

MUZAFFARABAD:


Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan highlighted the effective participation of women in national development while pledging to protect women’s rights to inheritance, education, health and to work.

“Overall, a very conducive environment is available in the liberated territory for the development of women and the use of their skills for the advancement of the nation,” he said in a meeting with a delegation. of the Azad Kashmir Women’s Commission headed by its president Tehmina Sadiq on Friday.

President Masood expressed satisfaction that women are on par with their male counterparts in education and even ahead of men in some educational disciplines.

“Thousands of our daughters are receiving advanced technology education at Azad Kashmir Women’s University and other institutions, and showing remarkable progress.”

Women, he said, have equal opportunities in the education sector in the liberated territory but “unfortunately they do not have adequate representation in the civil service and other institutions”.

“Efforts must be continued at government and social levels to eliminate this gap,” the president said, adding that until “we provide education to our women, the dream of socio-economic and national development cannot materialize”.

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Insisting on the Women’s Commission to present its recommendations to the government to ensure the effective participation of women in the national development process, he also insisted on viable measures to empower women.

Describing Tehmina Sadiq as the face of women in Azad Kashmir, President Masood said that at present there is a need to raise awareness in society about equal opportunities for women in education, health and the employment – not only in the public sector but also in all spheres of life.

In addition, he argued that alongside formal education, women should receive vocational training so that instead of turning to government for jobs, they should come forward and play their role in socio-economic development. from the country.

Mara R. Wilmoth