Assign the Ministry Of ‘Women Development and Child and Human Rights’ To a Woman MLA

Assign the Ministry Of ‘Women Development and Child and Human Rights’ To a Woman MLA

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Iram S. Khan started this petition to Muhammad Khalid Khursheed Khan (Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan) and

Barrister Muhammad Khalid Khurshid Khan

Chief Minister- Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly

Respected Mr. Chief Minister,

We are writing as responsible citizens of Gilgit-Baltistan to request you to appoint a woman MLA for the ministry of ‘Women Development and Child and Human Rights’ in your government.

Democracies around the world are working hard to attain gender parity in their governance structures. Global development policy has emphasized heavily providing important leadership roles to women to address the socio-economic problems of the society. The result visible during this global pandemic, countries with women leaders did exceptionally well than the countries with male leaders.

We are aware that the deep-rooted patriarchy in the regions has not helped the electorate to elect a woman representative to the assembly. We are thankful to the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for addressing the concerns by allocating reserved seats and ensuring women’s participation, following which your government brought six women on reserved quota.

Besides being 50% of the population and being contributing for centuries to make Gilgit-Baltistan prosperous and fertile, we feel highly misrepresented in your government. It is high time that we have a woman representation in the decision-making structure/position.  Research has indicated that whether a legislator is male or female has a direct distinct impact on their policy priorities and a women’s perspective about her problems is far different from a men’s perception about her problems. Having many pressing issues; suicides, honor killings, female infanticide, rapes, abuse, harassment, Gender-Based Violence, least economic opportunities, social and cultural pressures, health (mental, physical and reproductive), forced marriages, higher education, and many others as life-threatening issues in the region, the government’s vision of a ‘Progressive Pakistan’ is unattainable. And to address this and accelerating the change we need women to lead the minister, at least the one that is particularly assigned to address these concerns.

We hope that you will address this concern to add your part in empowering women and the world's struggle for better governance.

 

Sincerely yours,

The undersigned citizens

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