President for protecting and granting women’s property rights as envisaged by Islam
PR. No. 143/2021
Islamabad: President Dr Arif Alvi has urged the need to take steps for protecting and granting women’s property rights, as envisaged by Islam, in order to create an inclusive and egalitarian society. He said that an awareness campaign was needed to educate the people about women’s rights and called upon the Ulema and Media to play their role in this regard. Referring to the Enforcement of Women’s Property Rights Act, 2020, the President hailed the piece of legislation as a positive step in granting women their rights and underlined the need for uniform laws in all provinces. The President made these remarks while chairing a meeting regarding women empowerment, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today. Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Omar Ayub Khan, Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Division, Ms Maleeka Bukhari and senior officials of the Government attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, the President said that the Enforcement of Women Property Rights Act, 2020 offered an effective and speedy grievance redressal mechanism under which any woman deprived of ownership of property or possession of her property, may file an appeal to the ombudsman. He also underscored the need to use the Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism for resolving women’s property issues. The President also emphasized the need for streamlining the projects related to women empowerment. Financial inclusion of women is of paramount importance for empowering them in true spirit and they needed to be educated about the available loans and other facilities being offered through the Ehsaas Program and the State Bank of Pakistan, he added.
Mr Omar Ayub Khan briefed the chair about various multilateral and bilateral fundings and loans being given by World Bank, Asian Development Bank and countries to Pakistan for women. The President appreciated the international organizations and countries for their financial support in this regard.