Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) recognized that the 17 per cent reservation for women in the assemblies and 17 seats in the Senate provided for in Articles 51 and 59 of the Constitution is “a significant step in empowerment of women in politics.”
Speaking at the conference on “Strengthening Women’s Representation in Political and Legislative Process”, Mir Jan M. Jamali, Hon. Deputy Chairman Senate highlighted the significant role women in the legislative process. Acknowledging the strong link between sustainable development, and role of women at the political and decision making process, he said that there is a “need to give a minimum of 33 percent women’s representation in the legislative assemblies.”
Women parliamentarians committed to protect and preserve the provision of reserved seats for women in the National Assembly, Senate and the Provincial Assemblies and also vowed to enhance and strengthen women’s representation in legislatures by working within respective political parties and elected representatives to increase women’s representation at all levels of decision making in the political forums.
Nafisa Shah, MNA and Secretary WPC, in her speech referred to the outstanding and proactive performance of the women legislators in legislative process and especially recognized the supportive role of Speaker Fehmida Mirza. She recommended that “political parties should review the existing women’s participation in the legislatures to make it more transparent, effective,” and also for empowering women in politics.