Dr. Attiya Inayatullah is Politician from Pakistan. She was born on Match 4, 1938 Sialkot.She is Member of National Assembly of Pakistan Muslim League on reserved seats for women .Attiya Inayatullah holds a Ph.D. in Demographics and has had a life-long association with the Family Planning Association of Pakistan. she has served as Minister of Women’s Development, Social Welfare and Special Education
She has an international standing in the field of population planning, and has remained a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, as well as a leading member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
Dr Inayatullah served as an adviser on Population Welfare to President General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq in the early 1980s. In the partyless elections of 1985, she was elected a member of the National Assembly, and she later became associated with the Official Muslim League. She served in the cabinet of Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo as a Minister of State for Population Welfare. In 1988, she was again elected a member of the National Assembly.
Following the military takeover by General Pervez Musharraf in 1999, she was one of four civilian members of the National Security Council of Pakistan in 1999 and 2000, when the Council was Pakistan’s supreme governing body. Since then, she has served as Minister of Women’s Development, Social Welfare and Special Education. She is currently a member of the National Assembly.
Women’s Quota In Parliament an Issue
Attiya Inayatullah is a Member of Parliament in Pakistan who serves on the Human Rights and Women’s Development Standing Committees and has a leadership role in steering legislation on women, children and reproductive health. She has a lifetime of service in her country and internationally in the fields of human rights, social & human development, and international relations. Attiya has much experience in interacting with parliamentarians around the world through the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU). Through her current involvement she holistically contributes to human security and development. She is chairperson of the finance & programme committee of Kashf, a microfinance foundation established exclusively for women. Attiya is president of SPARC, the national human rights organization for children, director of Pakistan’s Centre of Philanthropy, a member of the Pakistan Muslim League, her political party, and is chairperson of the Foreign Relations Committee. Amongst her many accomplishments, she is instrumental in bringing about the decline in Pakistan’s population growth rate, in strengthening civil society through the empowerment of communities, and in advocating the human rights agenda. She has extensively contributed both in Pakistan and internationally to the understanding of the rights of women in Islam. Her initiatives are innumerable, ranging from organizing the first ever OIC Women’s Moot in Islamabad in the mid eighties to the Women in Islam Meeting in Tunis and ongoing consultation with the Council of Islamic Ideology and Islamic University in Pakistan. Attiya is the recipient of many global & national awards, amongst which is the UN Ceres Gold Medal given to distinguished women in recognition of their dedicated services in their area of specialization. She has a Doctorate in Social Demography and a Masters in Sociology and Anthropology.
Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, Federal Minister for Women Development,
The crisis of women’s development in Pakistan revolves around the failure of communicating with women. Although Islam was the first major religion to grant so wide ranging rights to women; yet illiteracy, traditional norms customary practices have remained major hurdles in the uplift and well being of women. Opening of information channels, is therefore, foremost precursor of women’s progress.
SACHET, as an upcoming CSO, has taken many laudable steps to create awareness amongst women themselves besides the provision of services at the doorstep.
I am delighted to learn that SACHET has taken the initiative of starting AGEHI-an information resource center on development issues, especially those concerning women and the family. I am sure, it will embrace success like other projects of SACHET. Information is knowledge and knowledge is power. This new center can make an important contribution towards the empowerment of the disadvantaged community by disseminating information about health, education, mother-child welfare and other contemporary issues. We as individuals and as a nation have to prepare ourselves for the great task. The private sector as partners of government have an important role in this endeavor. I am sure that under the dynamic leadership of Dr. A. Q. Khan, SACHET and its AGEHI resource center will emerge as a model Pakistani CSO.
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