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MPs Women Council vows sustainable development

  • Thursday, 31st Oct 2013
  • Pakistan Observer
  • Islamabad
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Women parliamentarians, representing different political parties in both the Senate and the National Assembly Wednesday expressed their resolve to work for sustainable development in the country. The resolve was made at the meeting of "Women Parliamentary Council for Sustainable Development," a forum facilitated by Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad.

Dr.Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, elaborating the objectives that the WPCSD would extend support to women parliamentarians in areas of research and legislation. He maintained that the SDPI’s legal wing would also extend its support to the honorable women parliamentarians on legislative drafting. Dr Suleri said the SDPI’s contribution would not only strengthen the role of women parliamentarian but also democratic process in the country.

He said the SDPI would share its research work on different areas with women parliamentarians on the forum of the WPCSD for policy orientation and draft legislation and on any other matter the honorable women parliamentarians considered they need support on sustainable development in the country. Research Coordinator SDPI, Saleem, assured the women parliamentarian that SDPI would present its impartial, fact based and result-oriented findings to the council in its monthly meeting on the topics selected by the honorable women parliamentarians. The meeting of the WPCSD was attended by over 20 women Senators, and MNAs belonging to all political parties represented in the parliament. Addressing the meeting the women parliamentarians belonging to different political appreciated the initiative and termed the same extremely useful. They were of the view that the initiative would open a window of opportunity to them to learn from the experience of SDPI team on state of social services delivery besides the methods to improve it further.

They also urged the SDPI to work along with them to curb domestic violence and crimes against women. The next meeting of the council would hold next month. The team of SDPI researchers would brief the women parliamentarians on the issue of energy issues in the country. Arifa Khalid Pervaiz, PML (N); Mussarat Ahmad zeb.