ISLAMABAD: Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) in collaboration with the Aurat Foundation (AF) organized a study circle at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) on Wednesday.
The purpose of the study circle was to acquaint the women parliamentarians on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the transition to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
MNA, Ms. Shaista Parvez, Secretary WPC inaugurated the meeting followed by an in-depth presentation by Ms. Maryam Aurangzeb, Chairperson parliamentary taskforce on MDGs, to discuss the government’s standing on MDGs and SDGs.
In her presentation Ms. Maryam Aurangzeb highlighted some of the technical issues with the MDGs and elaborated on the initiatives taken by the government to ensure achievement of these goals. She said that global development agenda should be in line with the national agenda and the parliamentarians can play an important role towards this.
Mr. Shehryar Ghazi and Ms. Rabea Hadi from AF highlighted the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in achievement of these goals.
They also discussed the need for increased interaction among parliamentarians and CSOs to enhance their knowledge and learn from each other.
Ms. Shaista Parvez, while chairing the session gave some valuable suggestions to increase the role of women parliamentarians in achieving MDGs which was appreciated by Ms. Maryam Aurangzeb. She also agreed on putting these suggestions on the government agenda.
The women parliamentarians appreciated the study circle and expressed their desire to hold more study circles on women centric issues. Furthermore they agreed on raising SDGs specific issues through calling attention and questions.