LAHORE – A high-profile panel of experts has drawn the attention of the policymakers towards boosting women’s inclusion in the water sector leadership through legislative reforms and a social revolution.
They shared their opinion at a webinar ‘Women’s leadership in water sector’, jointly organized by International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Hisaar Foundation here on Thursday.
Moderating the session, IWMI’s Country Director Dr Mohsin Hafeez talked about the patriarchal nature of Pakistan wherein men are chosen as breadwinners while women are delegated responsibilities as child-rearers. Bolstering his viewpoint through statistics, the expert said women constitute almost 50% of the population and their employment to Population ratio is 20.1% as compared to men which is 77.0 %. For example, the total labour force engaged in agriculture was 43.7 %. Among these agriculture labour force, 75.5% are women.
Taking a strong exception to the women’s exclusion from the water sector, Dr Hafeez …