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Published Date: Oct 27, 2013

SDPI Press Release (October 27, 2013)

Women parliamentarians, representing different political parties in both
the Senate and the National Assembly, have resolved to work for
sustainable development in the country. The resolve was made at the
launch meeting of “Women Parliamentary Council for Sustainable
Development,” a forum facilitated by Sustainable Development Policy
Institute in Islamabad.

Arifa Khalid Pervaiz, PML (N); Mussarat
Ahmad zeb, PTI; Shahida Akhtar Ali, JUI-F; Naeema Kishwar Khan, JUI-F;
Shahida Rehmani, PPPP; Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, PTI; Rukhsana
Jamshed Buttar, Ex-MNA-PML- N; Khalida Parveen, Senator- PPP-P; Suriya
Amiruddin, PPP-P; Romina Khurshid Alam, PML (N); Farah Aqil,
Senator-ANP; Shahjehan Muneer Magrio Rajpoot, PML (N); Sajida Begum,
PTI; Asiya Naz Tanoli, PML (N); Saeeda Iqbal, Senator- PPP-P were
participated in the launch meeting.

Elaborating the objectives
of the Women Parliamentary Council for Sustainable Development, Dr.Abid
Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, S‎DPI, said 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 honourable 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 honourable women parliamentarians considered they need support on
sustainable development in the country.

Research Coordinator
SDPI, Mome 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 honourable
woemen parliamentarians.

The launch 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 held next month. The team of SDPI
researchers would brief the women parliamentarians on the issue of
energy issues in the country.