In connection with the International Women’s Day, a ceremony was held at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur’s auditorium.
On the occasion, a warm welcome was accorded to orphan girls of Darul Atfal by the vice chancellor. MNA Begum Perveen Masood Bhatti, civil judges Saima Hasnain and Abida Kharal, Assistant Commissioner Imrana Ajmal, poetess Dr Najma Shaheen, Dr Khalida Shoukat, Dr Zahida, Akhtar Habibullah Bhutta, Cholistan Development Authority Director Razia Malik, Dr Sabiha Hameed Rehmani, Samrah, Nabila Khan and Azra Jehan addressed the gathering.
Focal persons Dr Razia Mussarat and Dean Faculty of Arts Dr Mamuna Ghani were also present along with female faculty and 1,500 girl students.
Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar said that the IUB was celebrating the day with great fervour and enthusiasm by following the Punjab government’s directive. Universities should expedite their duty of community development and guiding the people, he stressed.
The MNA said, “We must respect our religious and moral values. The progress of the nation depends on mothers. Similarly, mother, daughter, sister and wife are various roles of women who have reached assemblies, are joining airlines, judiciary and other fields, she said.
Civil Judge Samia Hasnain said that the modern day’s woman was well aware of her rights and she never hesitates to knock the door of judiciary for seeking justice. Assistant Commissioner Imrana Ajmal said that a large number of women were joining civil services on the basis of their potential and competency. They deal with various matters such as administrative issues, she said. Women have to struggle for their rights and upgrade status by themselves, she added.
Dr Najma said that oppression on women had not ended yet and in spite of being 52 percent of the population, they do not enjoy proper representation on the national level. “We have to bring a positive change in our attitude. However, the Punjab government’s measures for the welfare of women are commendable,” she added.
Razia Malik said that there was no concept of inheritance right of women in rural areas. However, she said, her organisation was struggling for the welfare of women. Dr Sabhia said, “We have to develop positive thinking for the development of women and get rid of social fear to make achievements at national and international levels. Renowned ladies of Islam are role models for us as they participated in holy wars along with their males and fought valiantly.”
Dr Razia said that modern-day women were performing marvelously. Madiha Zahid said that the function held for women was a source of inspiration for them. Saba Rafiq was of the view that although adequate legislation had been made, the laws in this respect were not implemented in letter and spirit.
Meanwhile, a quiz contest was also held. At the end of the programme, PTV Multan team recorded an exclusive Evening Time show in accordance with the significance of women day which was hosted by Attiya Iram, a graduate of IUB Media Studies Department. The respected ladies of Bahawalpur, University faculty and students termed the gathering a good omen.