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Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad works to promote participation of women in politics

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by March 8, 2013 Embassies

Islamabad, March 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): Gender equality is important for democratization, development and the economy. One hundred years since Norwegian women gained the right to vote the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad works to promote the participation of women in politics and women’s economic opportunities.

Norway celebrates 100 years since Norwegian women gained the right to vote
One hundred years ago Norway became the first independent country in the world to introduce universal suffrage for both men and women. On 11 June 1913 Norwegian women gained the right to vote and Norway became a true democracy.

During the last century, the struggle for women’s equality has continued in all spheres of life. One of the lessons of the Norwegian experience is that a gender perspective must be mainstreamed into all efforts to promote equal rights and women’s participation is important and necessary for democratization and development. Additionally, gender quality is important for a country’s welfare and economy.

Promoting the participation of women in elections and political parties
In Pakistan, the Royal Norwegian Embassy works together with the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization National Democratic Institute (NDI) to promote the participation of women and young political leaders in the lead up to the 2013 national and provincial elections, and to strengthen the involvement of women in internal political party decision making. About 180 women will receive training central to campaign management and on essential skills such as leadership, election rules, volunteer management and voter contact.

Promoting the rights of home based workers
Another partner of the embassy is UN Women, a United Nations agency that receives support to work on the rights of women home based workers. The programme, running over several years, focuses on recognizing, registering and giving access to social protection for home based workers in the provinces of Punjab and Sindh. Better livelihood opportunities and increased economic security for women is a major goal.

The Ambassador attends Pre-Election Women Symposium”
HE Ambassador Ms Cecilie Landsverk taking questions from the audience at the NDI-organized event “Pre-Election Women Symposium”.

She pointed out that “this country can be proud of some very strong women in leadership” and noted that international women’s day “is also an opportunity to show that Pakistan is moving forward as regards women empowerment. To improve the situation for women in the society in general, you have to have a good portion of female political leaders – in the political parties, in the national and provincial parliaments and in high positions in the state institutions. There is no way around it!”

For more information, contact:
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad
House No. 25, Street No. 19, Sector F-6/2
P.O. Box 1336
Islamabad
Pakistan
Telephone: +92-51-2279720-4
Fax: +92-51-2279726 / +92-51-2279729
E-Mail: emb.islamabad@mfa.no

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