Islamabad - Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that equal development and inclusive democracy is not possible without ensuring gender equality.

“The International Women Day is commemorated across the globe to remind us our commitments for the advancement of women in every walk of life,” added Ayaz in his message on the eve of International Women Day. He endorsed the theme for this day for this year ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,’ and said women constitute half of the population of the world and gender equality in all spheres of life is an absolute necessity.

He highlighted that Pakistan has made a remarkable progress in enacting pro-women legislation for ending gender-based discrimination. He added that Pakistan has demonstrated a sincere commitment to international human rights treaties endorsing women rights and gender equality in its society. The country encourages women participation parallel to men in various fields of socio-economic and political sphere. The Speaker remarked that Women’s Parliamentary Caucus in Parliament House is a milestone in strengthening the role of women members of Parliament for an active role in policy making. “It’s high time we recognised the meaningful role of women and take substantial steps for ensuring equal participation of women by accepting the fact that the constitution of Pakistan promises dignity, freedom and equality to all citizens and forbids discrimination on the basis of gender,” the speaker added.