Poverty among women should be decreased: ICST

Islamabad, December 02, 2016 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders on Friday said share of women in poverty should be reduced for which immediate attention of authorities is needed.

Many countries have been ignoring poor in their struggle for improved economic growth which has triggered poverty with women affected most, said Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rasheed Butt.

In a statement issued here today, he said that government should revisit some policies for the welfare of poor and reduce growing inequality.

There are 1.5 billion poor in Asia in which 660 million are very poor; majority of world’s poor lives in SAARC region, he added.

Shahid Rasheed Butt said that Human Development Index says that 60.3pc of Pakistanis live on $2 per day while UNESCO says 71pc of eligible girls did not attend secondary school.

He said that reasons behind poverty among women include attitude of policymakers, gender inequality, lack of education, absence of credit facilities, and apathy towards SMEs etc.

Women on average get 40 per cent less salary in the SAARC region than their male colleagues while 80 per cent of the children who dropped out of school in China were girls, he said.

Butt asked the government to focus on health, education, technical skills, infrastructure development, and facilitate cross-border trade to ensure additional benefits worth billions of dollars annually.

Civil society and business community can play a partial role in reducing poverty as it is the government which can fine-tune policies to reduce gap between rich and poor. Women must receive equal education, equal training, equal dignity and income.

For more information, contact:
Secretary General
Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry
Office No, 9 Block E, Super Market, Islamabad
Cell: 0344-5111174