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Women empowerment vital for economic growth of any society

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Women Development Department (WDD), Ashifa Riaz Fatyana has said that women empowerment is crucial for political, social and economic growth of any society. She was addressing as chief guest at the conference organized by Unique School System with relevance to International Women’s Day here on Thursday. Ashifa Riaz Fatyana said that women in the country had played a prominent role at many fronts, from participation in Pakistan Movement to resistance against dictatorship and in the fields of education and sports. She said that today more females are graduating from universities than males, but 70 percent of them soon drop out of the labour market, which restricts the labour force participation rate of 26% for women in Pakistan. The Minister WDD Punjab emphasized that real progress is not possible until and unless women become economically strong and an active part of labour force of Pakistan. INP



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