Ambassador appreciates Saudi women’s rights reforms

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – March 11, 2021
NEW YORK (United States): Pakistan’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) / UN economic and social council (ECOSOC) president Munir Akram appreciated, Wednesday, “I think what has happened in Saudi Arabia is phenomenal” adding “Reforms which have expanded and extended the rights of women which the world is not fully aware of.”

According to a press release, the ambassador expressed these remarks at a virtual high-level meeting on commemoration of the international day for women “women participation in decision-making; reforms and best practices” hosted by Saudi Arabia.

He continued: a phenomenal, legal, political, administrative transformation through reforms which have been introduced under the ‘Vision 2030’ programme.

These are transformative and it is a great compliment to the leadership of Saudi Arabian king Salman Bin AbdulAziz Al Saud, and Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman that they have led this transformation.

It is something we need to make world aware of initiated by Saudi Arabian leadership as an Islamic country.

Something that could be exemplary in terms of descriptive note towards promotion of gender equality in Islamic society.

Equality between men and women is a basic tenet of Islam and I think that we forget to emphasise that sufficiently when we talk on the forums of the UN.

It is tenet that was there much before the universal declaration of human rights.

It is of course now also a principle of human rights and fundamental freedom and it is a matter of social justice for economic and social development in our countries.

A transforming partnership between women and men is a prerequisite for the timely achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

We will not be able to achieve those goals unless we also achieve the goals of parity, gender equality, non-discrimination between men and women in our societies.

In Pakistan too, we have taken a number of policy initiatives and legislative measures to promote the emancipation and empowerment of women.

We are promoting a gender-sensitive society where women have all the opportunities to participate, excel in all walks of life, women in government, corporations, in the armed forces, fighter pilots and Pakistan’s diplomacy and my government is committed to continue working towards the achievement of gender parity and equality for all Pakistani women.

Let me conclude by recalling what the father of Pakistani nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, said, “I have always maintained that no nation can ever be worthy of its existence that cannot take its women along with the men.”