LAHORE: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar said that no society or country can progress without participation of women and Pakistan women were also displaying their talents at all levels. He was addressing the participants of an awareness walk on International Women’s Day organized by Punjab University Department of Gender Studies. Punjab Women Protection Authority Chairperson Fatima Chadhar, Chairperson Department of Gender Studies Dr Raana Malik, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. The participants of the walk carried banners and posters on women’s rights. He said that Punjab University was harnessing the potential of women getting benefit from their capabilities. He said that women were heading a number of departments at Punjab University, which showed that how much they were encourage to perform a lead role in their respective institutions. He said that the best environment was available for women at PU. He said that Islam had empowered women and its teachings highlighted the importance and dignity of women. He said that an educated woman had a positive effect on the education and training of the family. Women Protection Authority Punjab Chairperson Fatima Chaudhary said that every day belongs to women but today was an important day for women’s rights. “We have to work with men to eradicate domestic violence and empower women,” she said. Dr Raana Malik said that Department of Gender Studies would continue to play its role for women’s rights.

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