Only 29 per cent women are literate in Pakistan

January 31st, 2011 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Jan 31(ANI): Only 29 per cent of women in Pakistan can read and write, and the rest of the population of women is engaged in labour work and household jobs, the National Commission on Human Development (NCHD) has said.

NCHD Chairperson Dr. Nafisa Shah said that gender based violence is one of the reasons which hinder women’s participation in the socio-economic sphere.

“Women need to be supported for their active participation in all spheres of life and such trainings are of great importance in enhancing their skills for managerial and leadership positions,” the Nation quoted Dr. Shah, as saying.

Dr. Shah said this during a workshop organized by the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in collaboration with Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) and Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

The aim of the workshop was to develop a network of highly trained professional women who would be equipped to collaborate extensively across the country, to draw on each other’s strengths, strengthen each other’s weaknesses and together introduce initiatives that will help embed gender equitable practices in their universities. (ANI)

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