BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Minister women development Gilgit-Baltistan Sobia Muqaddam on Tuesday said she would table a resolution in the assembly to ensure women are given due share in the family property.
The minister said this while addressing a seminar organized to mark International Women's Day.
Sobia Muqaddum, the 33-year-old, who is the only female minister to be appointed to Gilgit-Baltistan cabinet, comes from district Diamer which is most neglected one in the G-B. Appointed as the Minister of Women Development she is one of the six women in the 33-member legislative assembly.
“We will try to get it passed unanimously through the assembly,” said the minister who was earlier briefed by the speakers saying women in G-B aren’t generally given share in the property by their males.
She hoped things would get better in favour of women once the resolution is passed.
Muqaddam said a women hostel would be constructed in Gilgit where women from remote valleys wishing to get education will be able to do so.
“It’s a matter of consolation for us that the chief minister Hafeezur Rahman is taking keen interest in matters pertaining to women,” she told the conference attended by prominent women from various fields. The minister appreciated the women role in development of G-B and said they fate of G-B could be changed if the working women, which is quite huge, work coherently towards a cause.
Earlier speaker highlighted issues being faced by women in G-B. Prominent women working in government, NGOs and other private institutions spoke on the occasion. A charter of demands was also presented to the minister asking her to play her role in settling them. The issue of lack of hostel facility and separate transportation for women was raised in the seminar.
A number of stalls had also been arranged by women during the seminar where literature and handicrafts had been placed.