PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Social Welfare and Women Development, Sitara Ayaz has said that a progressive society will not be established until ensuring provision of education and due status to women in the society.

Addressing the participants at a seminar in connection with Pakistan National Women Day, organized by Blue-wins, in collaboration with Action Aid, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on Tuesday here at press club. The incumbent ANP-led provincial government has given a due respectable place to women in society, especially in rural areas of the province, she claimed.

Sitara Ayaz also said that in 1983 when political workers were put behind the bars in prisons and human rights were being violated in the country, women in Lahore came out to roads and launched protest demonstrations and sit-in for their due rights, and resultantly since then a series for women rights was started and still women in assemblies were struggling for their rights, she maintained. Sitara Ayaz also claimed that the incumbent government has focused on giving rights to tribal women besides provision of education to girls and making them able to serve the nation.  

The minister has also said that government wants to bring the tribal women in this sphere, because women were the most affected in the recent wave of terror. She insisted upon the NGOs working for women rights to extend help and concentrate with government in rehabilitation of women hailing from tribal areas.

Sitara Ayaz also claimed that KPK province in giving rights to women was quite ahead of the rest three provinces of the country. “We are followers of Bacha Khan, and non can stop us of serving the ailing humanity, she vowed.

Besides others the program was also attended by members provincial assembly Shazia Tehmash, Muawar Sultana and representatives of the civil society organizations.