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Pakistani women contributed to glory and honour of our nation: Gen Bajwa

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qammar Javed Bajwa has hailed the contribution of women on the occasion of International Women’s Day which is being observed today.

In a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief said that Pakistani women has contributed immensely for the glory and honour of the nation, and are also at the forefront in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Gen Bajwa also hailed the services of women in the armed forces and said that women in uniform have proved their mettle by contributing in diverse fields and serving the nation and humanity. He said they deserve our immense respect and gratitude.

International Women’s Day is being observed worldwide to acknowledge the outstanding contributions by women in different fields across the globe. This year’s theme is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.

The day is being observed in Pakistan as well with different seminars, conferences and events in the country to highlight the significance of the role of women in society.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri have expressed their resolve to address the challenges faced by women.

The Speaker said protection of women’s rights is the top priority of the government because it is imperative for the formation of a progressive society.

Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri said Pakistan’s Constitution guarantees fundamental rights of women, including financial security, job, business, education and freedom of choice in their profession, participation in political and social activities.

Besides celebrating women’s achievements, the day also aims to raise awareness about women’s equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity and raise funds for female-focused charities.

The United Nations first celebrated International Women’s Day during International Women’s Year in 1975. By 1977, the UN and its member states declared March 8 as an official day for women’s rights and world peace.