International Women Day 2019

A seminar on Women Empowerment to celebrate International Women Day, 2019 under the theme 'Balance for Better- better the balance, better the world' was held at Pir Mehr Ali Shah- Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), on March 8, 2019.

The seminar was organized by the PMAS-AAUR Directorate of Women Development Studies Center (WDSC) in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICMOD) to enlighten the role of women in the society and the way forward to empower women through education, innovation and awareness.

Prof. Dr Nadeem Akhtar Abbasi, Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR and Ms. Rizwana, President Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry were the chief guest and guest of honor at the event while Ms. Mina Dowlatchahi , Country Director FAO, Ms. Rehana Batool, Head Science Popularizing Wing, PSF, Ms. Fauzia Malik, Manager IUCN, Ms. Nusrat Batool, PSO PARC, Dr. Abdul Wahid Jasra, Country Representative, ICMOD, Mr. Paras Ali, Executive Director Technology Times, Ms Nomeena, FAO Ms. Saba Waseem, Dr. Almas Ikram Kayani Director WDSC and Ms. Aneela Assistant Professor PMAS-AAUR also address the participants of the seminar.

Speakers stressed the interventions by exposing women to knowledge, awareness of their rights, access to the available solutions and eliminating the vulnerability impacts of climate change. They emphasized on the equality principles, continuous support and encouragement from men with their collective actions for the betterment of societies.

Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR, Prof. Dr Nadeem Akhtar Abbasi said that Women in our societies are not economically supported by their men even that they are the other hand in building the nations. Women should be encouraged to perform their role for the society and we cannot be a developed country unless we stop neglecting their roles.

Ms. Rizwana President Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry said women are performing their extraordinarily in every field of life and highlighted the rights of women and their work for the country & society. She advised female students to strengthen their capabilities and capacity to compete with the challenges to equally play role for the development of country.

FAO Representative in Pakistan, Ms Mina` Dowlatchahi talking to young students at the university reminded them of the need to provide space and voice to rural women in Pakistan and the importance of thinking equal. She also said that 75% of women and girls are employed in the agriculture sector and 60% of whom are unpaid workers.