DC Malakand conducts Kuli Kachehri to resolve women issues

Our Correspondent

BATKHELA: Women enjoyed high status in an Islamic society and nobody could deny the fact that no nation in the world could make progress without active participation of women because being 50 percent of the world’s population could make a significant difference in bringing about a substantive social change in the society. Women’s issues must be given top priority and their issues should be resolved at their doorsteps whether providing healthcare, legal assistance and educational facilities.

These views were expressed by Rehan Khattak, Deputy Commissioner, Malakand at a Kuli Kachehri held at the other day at TMA Jirga Hall Dargai. Assistant Commissioner Mohibullah Khan, DEO female, women representatives and officials of the different departments attended the event organized under the DC Malakand for the first time to address the pressing demands and genuine issues faced by women in the district.

Earlier, representatives of the women apprised the DC of their problems and issues, most of which related to inheritance, lack of healthcare facilities, shortage of teachers in girls’ schools and lack of adequate facilities for girl–students and setting up new schools.

“Shortage of teachers in the existing girls’ schools, lack of schools for girls and healthcare for women are some of the pressing issues while girl-students also are in the dire need of adequate incentives to promote the cause of girls’ education. Legal assistance is also required for resolving the inheritance alongside numerous other family issues in the area,” a women representative pointed out. She added that there was dire need for building new schools for girls in the district and the existing schools ran short of several facilities including teachers.

“It is a good thing that local administration came forward to listen to our issues because women cannot walk up to higher authorities unless there are arrangements for sessions for addressing our pressing demands and problems and such forum gives us a great confidence and courage to express ourselves,” another women representative stated.

Responding to the issue of shortage of teachers, Rehan Khattak issued directives to district education officer female to immediately provide teachers and asked officials of the different departments to look into problems of the women of area and resolve on priority basis. He also assured the women representatives that their problems would be resolved without further delay, adding that the provincial government had been taking measures to provide healthcare facilities, access to quality education and respectable employment opportunities to women.

Mr Khattak further stated that his administration would remain in contact with the officials concerned regarding resolution of the women’s issues on war footing in future. The participants of the Kuli Kachehri thanked the DC Malakand and officials of the line departments for taking interest in their issues.

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