ISLAMABAD Highlighting gender, social, economic, political and cultural inequalities and discrimination against women and girls, the speakers urged the Government and other relief and humanitarian service providers to make their relief operations women-friendly and give top priority to provision of enough food to women and children during ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit areas. Dr Saba Gul Khattak, Member, Planning Commission of Pakistan, renowned poverty economist, Dr Sajjad Akhtar, Sameena Nazeer, Executive Director of Potohar Organisation for Development Advocacy, Aqsa Khan, Executive Director of Womens Organisation for Rights and Development (WORD) and Executive Director of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Dr Abid Q Suleri stated it at the seminar on Impact of Food Inflation on Women and Girls jointly organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Womens Organisation for Rights and Development (WORD) here on Monday. Dr Abid Suleri underlined that the Government and other humanitarian and relief organisations should ensure that the vulnerable groups particularly women and children are given high priority in the relief and distribution efforts. He said that over 815 million dollar collected through UN appeal and already allocated 45 billion rupees for Internal Displaced Persons should be used for relief and rehabilitation of the flood-affected people with a particular focus on women. He added that the allocation specified under Public Sector Development Programme should not be diverted for this purpose and be used for routine development purposes. Dr Abid said that initial estimates suggest the economy has suffered 5 to 6 percent losses of the total GDP while crops destruction, damages to food storage and livestock have multiplied the sufferings of already malnourished and food insecure populations in flood-hit areas especially women and girls. Worst flood-hit districts were already food insecure as over 70 percent population in KPK, 55 percent in South Punjab and more or less same percent of population in Sindh was faced with food insecurity but now the percentage have gone to over 90-95 percent in KPK and 70-75 percent in South Punjab and Sindh respectively he added. Member, Planning Commission of Pakistan, Dr Saba Khattak underscored the need of long-term comprehensive social protection strategy for women and girls while highlighting their neglect during ongoing relief operations. She said that women were facing not only gender inequality but also other inequalities such as of caste, geography, and land access and ownership in pre-flood situation but the floods have exacerbated the miseries of poverty and discrimination-stricken women and girls in the country. Renowned poverty economist Dr Sajjad cautioned that the inflation rate would get double to the anticipated 9.8 percent in budget 2010-11 which would add tremendous difficulties to women and girls. He said although wheat prices have gone up by 20 percent globally but Pakistan should not export its remaining stocks of wheat due to looming food crisis in the country after during and after floods.