International Rural Women Day

International Rural Women Day

Thousands of women exhibit their art work at Lok Virsa

ISLAMABAD: Thousands of women hailing from various parts of the country exhibited their artwork at Lok Virsa on Saturday, marking International Day for Rural Women.
More than 30 stalls were set up showcasing embellished products produced by home-based rural women artisans, which depict culture of different provinces.
The stalls including Rural Artisan centres Chakwal and Rawalpindi, Nari Development Organization Sindh, Benazir Welfare Society, Bacha Khan Trust, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Silk Route Handicrafts displayed a variety of things including embroidery dress, cushions, bags, handicrafts and other decoration pieces.
Green Circle organization arranged a stall highlighting the importance of kitchen gardening, which would help reduce economic burden and provide fresh vegetables at home. Ministry of Human Rights arranged Shirkat Gah, Women Organization for Rights and Development (WORD) arranged Rozan to display awareness material regarding women rights and legislation.
Women Rights Activist Fauzia Saeed said that there was dire need to acknowledge women role as farmers as they were contributing in economic development of the country. She stressed the need for resource allocation at district level for women development and called for reviving local bodies system to empower them.
Fauzia said that women played vital role in peace building process so they must be encouraged to maintain peace at home, community, city, provinces, national and international level. Rehana Hashmi of Sisters Trust said that October 15 was the day to acknowledge role of women in development of the country and we must recognize their efforts as farmers, food providers, factory workers and give them a respectable position in the society.
Pakistan is one of those countries, which mark rural women day and pay tributes to the services rendered by rural women in country’ uplift, she added.
The stalls of Cavish Development Organization, Acid Survivor Foundation, National Commission on the Status of Women, Aurat Foundation, Lok Sanjh, Cholistan Development Council, Pakistan Catholic Women Organization, Council of Social Sciences and Food along with Agriculture Organizations were also set up in the exhibition, which would conclude on Sunday.

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