Women marginalization key barrier to economic growth: Canadian Evnoy

ISLAMABAD : Canadian High Commissioner, Heather Cruden  Monday said marginalization of women is a key barrier to sustainable economic growth of any country.

Addressing the Annual Women Economic Empowerment Forum 2015, she said when women and girls are empowered and have equal access to economic opportunities, poverty decreases, avenues for development expands and entire families, communities and countries get benefits.

She said women make 50 per cent of the population in Pakistan and it is vital to mobilize and empower them for sustainable economic growth of the country.

“With women participation, Pakistan’s per capita income can increase up to 13 per cent,” she said.The high commissioner said the Canadian government is supporting skill training and education of the women in Pakistan. She said Canadian government has a policy against early marriages and efforts are being made  to create awareness on this issue through various projects.

Other speakers said the forum brings together a wide range of development professionals and partners, rural women, the private sector, government representatives, experts on gender and economic practitioners.

They said cross fertilization of ideas, sharing of best practices and innovations, challenges and lessons learned helps inform programming and policy in the field of women economic empowerment.

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