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ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, March 7: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that gender equality and empowerment of women is his party’s manifesto and a dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, for which the party leadership and every Jeyala (party worker) are struggling to make a reality.

In his message issued on the occasion of the International Women Day, the PPP Chairman said that political, economic and social changes are taking place all over the world and it is clear that this century will be the century of women’s advancement. “A nation that does not give women equality will not be able to compete with other nations”, he maintained.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that his party, whether in government or on the ground of struggle, has taken concrete steps to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, which are unprecedented in Pakistan. He pointed out that a mega model project for poverty alleviation like the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) — which has been recognized by many global institutions like the World Bank for its transparency and positive results— was launched beside another program introduced on the Union Council level to provide interest-free loans to women for micro-businesses, which benefited more than 600,000 women and their families in Sindh. As well as the First Women Bank, Women Police Stations and Lady Health Workers Program, which was started by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto herself, and the project of giving ownership of agricultural land to landless women farmers free of cost, are causing far-reaching results in Pakistan. He further said that the establishment of the National Commission on the Status of Women, Anti-Women Practices Act, Anti-Acid Crimes Law, Protection of Women at Workplace Law at the Federal level and many such other laws are also the hallmarks of PPP.

Chairman PPP said that the Sindh Assembly led by his party also adopted Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act 2013, Domestic Violence (Protection & Prevention) Act 2015 and Commission on the Status of Women 2015 from the Sindh Assembly.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that he is well aware of the fact that there is a long way to go to achieve Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s dream of equality for women in all walks of life, but it is satisfactory for him that, the Pakistan Peoples Party is firmly committed in this regard.