PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is striving for effective implementation of Women Empowerment Policy which was approved in 2017 for ensuring inclusive and enabling environment for women from all walks of life.

The policy has identified social, economic, political and legal empowerment and access to justice as key areas for the provincial government in enhancing the role of women in a society. The measures taken by the government will pave way for ending gender disparities in the province, thus working towards achievement of SDG-5.

“KP Women Empowerment Policy substantiates the government’s strong commitment towards dealing with challenges in the way to achieve women empowerment” said Rukhshanda Naz, Ombudsperson for Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010 – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on behalf of the KP Social Welfare, Special Education, Women Empowerment Department (SWWED), while addressing the consultative workshop on the implementation framework of WEP 2017, jointly arranged by the SWWED and UN Women Pakistan.

The consultative session, attended by representatives from relevant provincial government departments and civil society stakeholders, aimed to accelerate implementation of the WEP 2017, says a press release.

Ms. Rukhshanda acknowledged and appreciated the UN Women for its invaluable contribution and support in developing the province’s first Women Empowerment Policy and reiterated the government’s commitment to implement the policy effectively.

“Knowing the importance of women empowerment and the government’s responsibilities, the Department of Social Welfare will provide monitoring and reporting support to measure progress on the policy through both for government and donor funded projects implemented in the province,” the Ombudsperson said.
On behalf of the Gender Mainstreaming Steering Committee (GMSC) constituted for ensuring implementation of Women Empowerment Policy, Sajida Hanif, Member of GMSC remarked that the provincial government and the SWWED are fully committed to cooperate with and support other government departments at every level so that altogether they could effectively contribute to gender equality and the women empowerment.
Zainab Qaisar Khan, Head of UN Women Provincial Office KP, emphasized the importance of the policy.

“UN Women is determined to eliminate all forms of violence against women. We will support the government efforts in eliminating the barriers that hinder the participation of women in social and economic empowerment opportunities,” she said.