President, PM reaffirm pledge to protect women’s rights

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday reaffirmed the government’s resolve to provide equal opportunities to women enabling them to grow and excel in every sphere of life.

In their separate messages on the occasion of International Women’s Day today, they said the government is committed to protecting women from all sorts of exploitation and marginalisation.

They both also urged the UN agencies, civil society organisations and the media to supplement the government’s efforts in this regard.

In his message, the President said observance of the day serves to raise greater awareness about the issues of women and highlight their critical role in the sustained developmental process.

He said that this day provides an opportunity to pay tributes to the achievements of women and to highlight their needs and concerns at the national, regional and global level.

He went on to say, “I congratulate the women across Pakistan on this occasion and wish them a brighter future and greater prospects in the days to come.”

In his message, the Prime Minister said participation of women is a prerequisite for the development of a country and the PML-N government would ensure their empowerment and participation in the nation-building process.