The UN has declared 15th October as an “International Day of Rural Women” for which the Potohar Organization for development advocacy organized a conference at Lok Virsa Islamabad on Tuesday with the main purpose of highlighting the main obstacles that women of rural areas face and improving their lives.
Almost 2000 rural women from different regions of Pakistan and some government officials came to attend the conference. Dr. Zarina Salamat, the chairperson of PODA, at the opening Ceremony of conference talked about the rights of the rural women and brutality they face and how the farmer women are important for the economy of Pakistan and what facilities should be given to them.
She said the government must add clear mention of women in new laws regarding farming and farmer women should be given free land to make them independent. She further added that farmer women must be given training on their protection and seeds should be provided at low rates.
The chairperson KPK commission on the status of women, Riffat Sardar talked about the discrimination that women face in the working environment and need for Strong policies to ensure a free working environment.
While Aisha Mukhtar, the Deputy Country Representative UN women, also said there is a Strong need to empower and facilitate the rural women because they take part in all the processes from sowing seeds to harvesting the crops and in order to get a positive result on agricultural productivity.