Published Date: May 14, 2014
SDPI Press Release: Woman of Substance Series-A talk with Hon. Khawar Mumtaz
is no denying the reality that women empowerment is a key phenomenon in
bringing about sustainable socio-economic progress of every nation said
Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of
Women (NCSW) at a public interview organized by Sustainable Development
Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Wednesday. Ms. Mumtaz is respected widely and is the recipient of Sitara-I Imtiaz and Prime Minister’s Award.
Maleeha Aslam, Head of Gender and Human Security Unit at SDPI conducted
the interview and briefed the participants about SDPI’s Woman of
Substance Series, under which public interviews are conducted with
inspiring women from the Pakistani society. "Khawar Mumtaz has a long
and distinguished career in the field of environment, gender issues and
human rights. She has brought 30 years of experience in women’s
development issues" introduced Dr. Aslam.
women empowerment she observed that most women in the country,
especially in the rural areas, are deprived of basic human rights. It is
not only the duty of the government or NGOs to safeguard women’s
rights. It is the duty of every citizen of Pakistan to ensure that their
rights are protected.
spoke candidly about her past and informed the audience about belonging
to an artistic and literary family. "I grew up in an atmosphere where
individuality meant to have respectful relationships and it was taught
in our up-bringing". She added that "at that time, in schools, we were
taught to show respect, dignity, tolerance and superior values towards
others. There was no consciousness of class and status like today", she said.
She highlighted the achievements of Women’s Action Forum and Shirkat Gah. "Work
of such institutes has increased awareness among women to ensure that
there is access to laws and thereby ensure access to justice", she
added. She also said that originality in world comes from commitment,
hard work and strong belief in you. Unfortunately, in our society women
have to face religious discrimination; are under threat of violence and
get presented with manipulated values, she alerted. "Women have to be
seen as equal citizens, have to be protected, and have to be given their
rights" she emphasized.
Shafqat Kakakhel presented the Woman of Substance shield to the
Chairperson NCSW. This shield is among many that Khawar Mumtaz has
received during her illustrious career nationally, regionally and
Present at the occasion were, Kishwar Naheed, Nasreen Azhar, Rukhsana Rashid, Prof. Iftikhar-un Nisa and Professor Najma Najam.