KARACHI - The National Database and Registration Authority has always endeavoured to empower women with the provision of their basic rights and adopted a fair and equal employment policy to empower the womenfolk.

Over 2,000 female employees are working at Nadra which makes 13 per cent of the total strength, whereas the government quota is specified as 10 per cent, Nadra spokesperson Naz Shoaib said this in a statement issued here on Friday.

The Nadra chairman is committed to provide dignified work environment by implementing legislation - the Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010, which is approved by government of Pakistan.

Not only anti-harassment policy is in practice in Nadra since 2010, but also anti-harassment committee comprising of senior officials of Nadra, is dynamically ensuring respectful and conducive environment for women. On the directives of chairman Nadra, innumerable awareness and training sessions have been conducted far and wide in Pakistan under this initiative.

Nadra educates its employees regarding the issue of sexual harassment and has made it clear through frequent training sessions that the authority has zero tolerance pertaining the issue, as anybody found involved in violating anti-harassment laws would face dismissal from their jobs.

Similarly, the authority encourages its women employees to raise voices against workplace harassment and inform Anti-Harassment Committee against such advances to ensure speedy justice. Consequently, Nadra is one of the leading public service institutions to provide a peaceful and secure work environment for women in Pakistan.

She said that women formed around 51 per cent of the population and was the vital segment of the society and progress could not be made without their unhindered participation in all spheres of national life.

“It is imperative that they should earn a respectable place in society,” she added.

She said women working in Nadra had proved that they were as competent as men, only they need secure and fair environment where they could apply their knowledge, skills, education and intelligence.

Some of the senior female officers have been promoted at the DG level to head Quality Management Directorate, Marketing, Media and Communication, and CNIC Production.

Together with contribution of diligent workforce, the organisation has touched new height of excellence and performed exceptionally well.

Nadra has increased women registration almost by 80 per cent in last 3 years, the spokesperson further pointed out.