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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Oct 31, 2013

MPs Women Council vows sustainable development

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.