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18 July 2019

Election: Seminar on women participation

Seminar on women participation held in Chitral

Chitral— A day long seminar on mobilization of maximum participation of women in local government election held at Rural Community Development Program (RCDP) Chitral in collaboration with Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO). Former director information Yousuf Shahzad was chief guest on the occasion while the ceremony was presided over by M.I. Khan Sarhadi advocate former district Zakat Chairman. Engineer Temour Shah Coordinator RCDP briefed the participants about importance of participation of women in local government election and how they can change the system.

He stressed upon the minority women participants from Kalash community to must participate in upcoming local government election and play vital role in development of your areas. Highlighting objectives of the seminar Temour Shah said that most of our women folk are barred from casting their vote but you must raise voice against it because this is your constitutional right to cast  your vote in favor of suitable candidate as well as you also can participate as woman candidate.

Director information Yousuf Shahzad highlighted importance of women participation in local government system. He emphasized on women folk to must contest upcoming election on women seat as general councilor. Women have 33% quota in any election, he added. Brining positive changes in the country women must should to come forward whose population is more than half of total population.

Muhammad Ismail Khan Sarhadi advocate briefed the women folk on legal point of view that this is their legal right to participate in any election. The speakers highly hailed this informative seminar and stressed upon for its continuation for creating awareness among the women folk especially women from minority (Kalash).

Kashmala Afroz a small baby presented poem. Those who spoke on the occasion were FazalAhmad, Bibi Nasreen, Nadia Gul , Amina Bibi,  Tasmia Iqbal and Kowaki Kalash. A large number of women folk from all segments and different valleys participated in the seminar.

G.H.Farooqui has contributed to this story from Chitral Pakistan