Women and Public Policymaking Realm

Tahira Saleem
Posted October 1, 2018 from Pakistan

With the lines “Women hold up half the sky” the Pulitzer-prize winner writers urge well-timed and synergetic efforts for economic, social and political emancipation of women for realizing and harnessing their untapped potential. In the context of growing proportion of women in the world population, this holds true more than ever before. Despite the much-vaunted efforts for their equality, uplift and security, women brave a continuous struggle for their economic, social and political development in both developing and developed countries.

 

Being a young public policymaker and a change agent trained to analyze and formulate policies for diverse issues, I wish to see a graduated increase in participation of women in public policymaking in Pakistan and around the world for removing the barriers in their economic emancipation and empowerment thereby guaranteeing them a real secure living. Here in Pakistan, only 4.6% of the federal government employees are women and 14% female legislators in the Legislature in a sheer contrast to their being more than 49% of the total population. Women in public offices are yet to carve out their niche in public leadership and influence the decision-making process.

 

Guaranteeing of greater opportunities for women in public sector on international, national, and local levels would lead to an achievement of socio-economic progress of societies.  Effective participation of women administrators in federal/provincial governments will also help in incorporation of gender perspective in designing of procedures and policies which is the real need of hour in the context of growing insecurity in societies.

 

A greater proportion of female legislators and political leaders will be a spur  the achievement of  the true democratic dispensation, transition and security. During the last few years, female legislators around the world and in Pakistan particularly have made their presence felt and worked for safeguarding of women’s rights through passionate intervention in key issues such as harassment, honor killing, rape and etc.

 

In view of ongoing political transformation and awareness in Pakistan and around the world, policymakers are ought to strengthen this positive role further through promising greater women representation that would increase the confidence of citizens in institutions. With more women rising to the echelons of policy formulation and politics, women will be able to contribute the best of their abilities to their countries with an unparalleled passion.

 

 

With the lines “Women hold up half the sky” the Pulitzer-prize winner writers urge well-timed and synergetic efforts for economic, social and political emancipation of women for realizing and harnessing their untapped potential. In the context of growing proportion of women in the world population, this holds true more than ever before. Despite the much-vaunted efforts for their equality, uplift and security, women brave a continuous struggle for their economic, social and political development in both developing and developed countries.

 

Being a young public policymaker and a change agent trained to analyze and formulate policies for diverse issues, I wish to see a graduated increase in participation of women in public policymaking in Pakistan and around the world for removing the barriers in their economic emancipation and empowerment thereby guaranteeing them a real secure living. Here in Pakistan, only 4.6% of the federal government employees are women and 14% female legislators in the Legislature in a sheer contrast to their being more than 49% of the total population. Women in public offices are yet to carve out their niche in public leadership and influence the decision-making process.

 

Guaranteeing of greater opportunities for women in public sector on international, national, and local levels would lead to an achievement of socio-economic progress of societies.  Effective participation of women administrators in federal/provincial governments will also help in incorporation of gender perspective in designing of procedures and policies which is the real need of hour in the context of growing insecurity in societies.

 

A greater proportion of female legislators and political leaders will be a spur  the achievement of  the true democratic dispensation, transition and security. During the last few years, female legislators around the world and in Pakistan particularly have made their presence felt and worked for safeguarding of women’s rights through passionate intervention in key issues such as harassment, honor killing, rape and etc.

 

In view of ongoing political transformation and awareness in Pakistan and around the world, policymakers are ought to strengthen this positive role further through promising greater women representation that would increase the confidence of citizens in institutions. With more women rising to the echelons of policy formulation and politics, women will be able to contribute the best of their abilities to their countries with an unparalleled passion.

 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to The Future of Security is Women .

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Jill Langhus
Oct 02, 2018
Oct 02, 2018

Hi Tahira,

Thanks for sharing your story. I share your dream and wish to have more female policy makers in not only your country, but every country. This would make a massive, positive shift for women worldwide. What can you, or we do, to encourage or add more female policy makers in your country?

Good luck with your story submission.

Have a great day!

emma matondang
Oct 02, 2018
Oct 02, 2018

Hi Tahira,
I aggree with more women involve in policy makers for the fact that women, naturally can be smarter and wiser in any cases. I am very proud for having a very smart, strong and brave woman who is not even finished her year 12 education but is able to be a tough policy maker.as a minister of fisheries and maritime affairs in my country right now. We need more woman to go forward for future security. So who next?

Bettina Amendi
Jan 06, 2019
Jan 06, 2019

Thank you very much for the much needed information in this era.There is a need of women to be on the frontline not only there but globally.

Adanna
Jan 07, 2019
Jan 07, 2019

Dear Tahira,

Thank you for sharing and I agree with you that "A greater proportion of female legislators and political leaders will be a spur for the achievement of the true democratic dispensation, transition and security. "

Love,
Adanna

Rachyrae
Feb 25, 2019
Feb 25, 2019

Tahira, this post is inspirational, now more than ever, in anticipation towards the International Women's month, our women need to read this and feel empowered to do greater good for their community.

Wusufor
Mar 17, 2019
Mar 17, 2019

Hello dear,
Its very thought provoking article and thanks for speaking out.
Hope you are having a great day.

Salma Malik
Mar 24, 2019
Mar 24, 2019

Great to read your words. Keep doing doing good work for the welfare of community.

Paulina Nayra
Apr 19, 2019
Apr 19, 2019

Dear Tahira,
Today I just finished a book that gave me a glimpse of the history of Pakistan. It's a Best of Booker Prize winner that depicts women as strong, wise and forbearing. With these character traits, don't you think they can be good policy makers and leaders? You are right, by putting more women in policy making and politics, social transformation will happen because women are likely to prioritize the welfare of women, children and their families to ensure that they are enjoying and benefiting from the fruits of development particularly in health care, education, safety and security. Cheers to more women like you!
Huggs from the Philippines,
Paulina

ikirimat
Jul 11, 2019
Jul 11, 2019

Very insightful article. Having more women participate in decision making tables will facilitate a more balanced approach to policy making but above all the skill to use a gender lense in decision / policy making is key.