Srinagar, July 26: Addressing AP’s first-ever women’s convention in Srinagar, Apni Party (AP) President Syed Mohammad AltafBukhari Tuesday said that no human society can grow and develop as a civilized society unless it gives its due share to the women in the process of policy, planning, and development of the society.
Bukhari said that his party believes that women, who constitute nearly half of the overall population, should be socially, economically, educationally, and politically empowered in order to develop a civilized society.
According to a party statement a district woman’s convention was organised at the SKICC, which was largely attended by women from different walks of society, and women leaders and workers of the party from Srinagar.
Speaking at the convention, Syed AltafBukhari said, “With the experience of history, the world has a consensus that no society can grow and progress until it gives equal rights to women in terms of their participation in the planning, policy, and development. Therefore, we ought to give the due share of status and rights to the women in Kashmir, where the female gender has been the worst victim of the unrest over the period of more than three decades.”
“Kashmir’s women have suffered as mothers, sisters, daughters, or the spouses of the victims who fall prey to the enduring conflict situation here. Now, we must wipe every tear from the eyes of our mothers and sisters. We must give them strength and lay an easy-going path leading to a better future,” he said.
“We have to ensure social, educational, economic, and political empowerment to make a prosperous society in Jammu and Kashmir,” Bukhari added.
AltafBukhari further said, “Since Apni Party has an agenda to ensure sustained peace, prosperity, and development in Jammu and Kashmir; the women have a vital role to ensure the implementation of this agenda.”
Reiterating his party’s position, the AP President said, “When AP gets the people’s mandate, we will take several initiatives to ensure the economic and social empowerment of women. We will give 33 percent from the reserved quota of the government services to the women in J&K.”
He further promised to enhance marriage assistance to the girls up to 1 Lakh rupees, and the monthly widow pension up to five thousand rupees from the existing one thousand rupees. Also, we will give four free gas cylinders (refills) to every household annually.
The convention was organized by the provincial president of the Party's Women's Wing DilshadShaheen, the statement said.