CHITRAL: Speakers at a programme held in connection with the International Women Day here on Thursday expressed concerns over the rising cases of suicide among young women in Chitral and called for research to ascertain the causes so that steps could be taken to check the dangerous trend.
The event was organized by the social welfare department in which district officer social welfare Nusrat Jabeen, Govt Girls Degree College Principal Prof Musarrat Jabeen, Razia Sultana, Nighat Yasmin and others said that the rights situation for the women of Chitral was satisfactory. They said in Chitral women had never been stopped from using their right to vote and neither they ever faced difficulties in pursuing education. They said the enrollment rate in girl schools in Chitral was at present 100 per cent while many talented young women were pursuing higher education not only across Pakistan but in different countries of the world. They also highlighted government’s initiatives to empower women from which the women of Chitral were also taking full advantage. They also hailed the establishment of a committee for strengthening of women at the district level. District nazim Maghfirat Shah told the gathering that women would be given a proper share for development in the forthcoming Rs5 billion Chitral Growth Strategy programme. –S. Nazir Hussain Shah