British HC pays homage to Pakistan’s women parliamentarians

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ISLAMABAD, MAR 11 (DNA) – British High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner CMG has celebrated and paid tribute to the women parliamentarians of Pakistan as part of a series of events held to mark International Women’s Day.The British High Commission arranged a forum bringing together eight women parliamentarians – from a range of parties and regions – to discuss and share their stories as political leaders.

The discussion focused around three thematic areas: Gender Inclusivity, Women Leadership and Enabling Environment; and was attended by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Senator Sitara Ayaz, MNA Mehnaz Aziz, MNA Andleeb Abbas, MNA Maleeka Bokhari, MNA Shunila Ruth, MNA Nafisa Shah and MNA Naz Baloch.

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The British High Commissioner, Dr Christian Turner, CMG, said: “There is no prosperous future in Pakistan without giving women a voice and choice. I have met many brilliant Pakistani women and I’m impressed by their stories of resilience, hard work and creativity.

As the British High Commissioner, I plan to use my time here to promote the UK’s commitment to advance gender equality.

I will work to ensure that more women in Pakistan are heard and have voice in decision-making; I will work to get more girls into schools – and support financial inclusion of women, because an equal world is an enabled world.”=DNA

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