India, Pak discuss women`s rights, empowerment
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 20:28
United Nations: Top officials from India and Pakistan discussed here the need for improved cooperation on bilateral and multilateral levels on issues of women's rights and empowerment.

Neela Gangadharan, Secretary in India's Ministry of Women and Child Development, and Pakistan's Goodwill Ambassador for Women Empowerment Fiza Batool Gilani met on the sidelines of the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women yesterday.

The two sides discussed issues relating to the rights of women in both countries as well as relevant social sector reforms needed to improve their conditions, a statement from the Pakistani mission to the UN said.

Gangadharan spoke about the various efforts made by the Indian government for the betterment of the socio-economic conditions of women and children.

She also welcomed the idea of enhanced bilateral and regional cooperation on women empowerment.

The statement said Gilani highlighted the numerous steps taken by her government for the political, economic and social empowerment of women in the past few years.

She underlined the need for better cooperation between the two sides on issues pertaining to women empowerment, by enhancing interaction at the bilateral as well as at the level of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).


First Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 20:28

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