RAWALPINDI: (APS) May 24,2017-: To enhance women’s leadership role in the society, media and civil society could work hand in hand through collaborative efforts. The speakers said this while sharing their views at consultative meeting held as a collaborated effort by Peace and Development Foundation (PDF) and Rawalpindi Press Club here on Wednesday.
The speakers during the session which was part endeavor as ‘Collaboration for change: Transforming lives and minds for equal citizenship’ highlighted various aspects of the gender mainstreaming and empowerment and said that the particular mindsets regarding the role of women needed to be changed.
Romana Bashir, Executive Director PDF said that the role of women as leaders should be enhanced in the different walks of life as at present we were not getting benefitted from the potential of women in our national development and progress. She said that media was also part of civil society and hence, has an important role to raise awareness on the need of women in leaders.
Senior Journalists including Abid Abbasi, Shakila Jalil, Shafqat Aziz and others on the occasion said that it was good to observe that women were being encouraged to play their vibrant role in media. However, they said, for a sustained impact, the effort on enhancing women empowerment should be aligned with social and cultural norms of the society.
The speakers said that there was no denying of the fact that women in leadership role were imperative for the development society. However, things in this regard were being moved forward and several positive measures could be observed that were aimed to enhance the role of women in social, political and economic arenas.
Senior journalists representing various print and electronic media covered various aspects of the discussion on the occasion and presented various recommendations to enhance collaborated efforts to raise awareness on the issues concerning women in our society.