ISLAMABAD: Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Minister Asad Umar said on Saturday that the government will adopt a gender roadmap to achieve equality.
He was chairing a high-level meeting here.
The social sector and decentralization members presented the draft gender roadmap which proposed mainstreaming gender into all national policies, programs, offices and key management processes.
The roadmap is designed to close the gender gap in education and employment, while enabling young women to generate a substantial SDG dividend which can in turn catalyze Pakistan’s economic growth.
The gender and equality development agenda was considered a national priority by the government.
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The final gender roadmap is a key product emerging from lengthy iterative national consultations involving the National Youth Council, academics, subject matter experts, national working groups, youth voices from across the country. world, government officials and development partners. Several high impact interventions were discussed to mainstream gender into all key priorities.
High impact strategic intervention packages have been proposed taking into account the challenges to inform conscious investment in closing the gender gap and creating equitable opportunities for women and girls.
The Minister underlined the importance of workplaces that transform gender. He hoped that a policy framework would be developed on the basis of rapid deliberation and research, identifying the current obstacles faced by women workers in public and private sector organizations.
The key recommendations outlined in the framework should not only guide the development of a public sector program, but should also be supported by the legal instruments necessary to make the work environment conducive and progressive for women.
During the meeting, the Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives expressed concern over the growing proportion of out-of-school children as a result of the pandemic globally as well as in Pakistan, sharing the Government’s intention to address this challenge as a national priority.
The Minister stressed the need to harness the experiences of online schools from the pandemic and use COVID-19 as an opportunity to introduce innovative electronic solutions, online schools and accelerated learning programs to reach the out-of-school children.
When reviewing the proposed innovative job creation and skills building strategies, the Minister advised that they be considered in tandem with existing interventions under the Kamyab Jawan program in order to consolidate efforts and resources. under one roof for maximum impact.
The importance of dedicated transport facilities for young women was emphasized for access to education and employment opportunities. The Minister hoped that a comprehensive proposal be presented in this regard in the coming week.
He underlined the national priority given to the empowerment of women and the urgency to respond to the current situation. He called for the proposed two-year roadmap to be presented to sector experts, industry, executives and policy think tanks, and that their input be sought when it is finalized.