Sehar Kamran: Today’s Women Сan Achieve Anything, Gender Is Not a Barrier
Pakistani politician took part in the Second EWF
Ms. Sehar Kamran, Pakistani politician, took part in the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum. She shared her impressions of the Forum with journalists of our news agency and explained her reasons of being proud of women from her country and the whole world.
Senator Sehar Kamran has served as an elected member of the Upper House of the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan from 2012-2018. Currently, she is a member of Senate Forum for Policy Research (SFPR) and President of the Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS). The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has conferred on her the Award of Cooperation in acknowledgement of her efforts to promote and strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and the Russian Federation.
Senator Sehar Kamran feels proud that she belongs to a country of a great woman leader Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to become a head of the government in the Islamic world.
“I am proud that my country has produced generations of great women like Fatima Jinnah who fought for the creation of Pakistan, Samina Baig, the first Muslim woman to conquer the Mount Everest, Namira Saleem, Pakistan’s first woman astronaut, Malala Yousufzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, Dr. Nergis Mawalvala, a key player in the discovery of Gravitational Waves, and the brave Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar. Over the years, our soil has also produced world renowned female artists, writers, activists, entrepreneurs, scientists. Today women of Pakistan are making waves, not just in their own country, but across oceans as well”, said Sehar Kamran.
“Modern women can conquer mountains and rule countries, they can become astronauts, scientists, and entrepreneurs. They are capable of meeting all challenges and pursuing their goals. Women have tremendous potential to progress and make great achievements if they have equal access to resources.”
Sehar Kamran said, “Sustainable development cannot be guaranteed until and unless half of the global population consisting of women are not made stakeholders in decision making processes. It is time to eradicate gender discrimination, which not only holds too many women back, but holds our world back too. Women empowerment is an important step in achieving gender parity”.
Sehar Kamran urged that women from all over the world should unite in order to empower together. “Change will not come to us. It is we who have to take pains to bring the change”, she said.
While sharing her optimism, Senator Kamran, said, “I am certain that together we all can better pursue our shared goals and ideals of a peaceful and prosperous world; and the Eurasian Women’s Forum is a step toward, a stronger and unified global community.”
Sehar Kamran believes that the Eurasian Women’s Forum is a unique platform where women can meet, project their achievements, exchange their experience and ideas, and discuss problems to solve. She praised the efforts of Ms. Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council, and Ms. Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council, for bringing together women from all over the world and for providing them a great platform to explore opportunities and initiatives for socio-economic development and equitable world.
Senator Kamran was especially impressed by the fact that Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, visited the forum. “I was deeply inspired by his sincere interest in empowering women. It is very pleasant and encouraging that he took out time to meet us”, said Sehar Kamran. According to her, it is very important that leader of the country realizes the necessity of involving women in the development of all spheres of the society.
Anna Repina, Nikolay Gavrilov, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Yan Zarubin and Nikolay Gavrilov