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Dr Farooq for empowering girls, women’s ascension to leadership roles

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday necessitated empowering girls and women’s ascension to leadership roles.

This he said while addressing a one-day convention of party’s newly formed women’s wing-body of District Shopian here at the party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, Srinagar. The convention was presided over by state women’s wing president Advocate Shameema Firdous.

Among others General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Senior leaders Muhammad Shafi Uri, Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, MP Muhammad Akbar Lone, Haji Qamar Ali Akhoon, Provincial Vice President Ahsan Pardesi, District President Baramulla Dr. Sajad Shafi Uri, Political Advisor to Vice President Tanvir Sadiq, District President Shopian Showkat Ahmed Ganai, In-Charge constituency Sheikh Muhammad Rafi, YNC Provincial President Salman Ali Sagar, Provincial Women’s Wing President Er. Sabiya Qadri, Nisar Ahmed Nisar, Women’s Wing District President Shopian Mehmooda Nisar, Additional Spokesperson Ifra Jan, Provincial Secretary Women Wing Asiya Jameel, Women DDC, Block and district functionaries of district Shopian’s women’s Wing and Parent body were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the functionaries, Dr Farooq said that due to the prevailing situation the women of Jammu and Kashmir have been the worst sufferers. “Discrimination and depravity at the societal and domestic level with our mothers and sisters is not unknown in this part of the world. Our sisters and mothers are bearing an additional burden of the political instability and conflict as well. The young population of Kashmir, especially the girls is extremely vulnerable to the repercussions of excessive surveillance, suspicion, joblessness, killings, and torn families. Beyond these torments, people across Kashmir suffer from the loss of agency in negotiating their everyday lives due to price rise, administrative apathy, and widespread fear. A complex web of repercussions has ensnared the lives of Kashmiri women,” he said.

“Rising unemployment in JK is also having a cascading effect on our promising women. However, it’s elating to see aspiring girls well educated and well equipped with strong leadership skills joins our fold wave after wave. Having women in politics, it goes without saying will attune party policies towards the needs of women and prepare them for the leadership roles to face the challenges of the present and future. I hope that the newly elected body members will help in strengthening of party at grassroots level and also peacemaking and development in the region,” he added.

Exhorting the newly constituted women’s body to work in tandem for increasing the foothold of the party, he said that the contemporary generation of women and girls have eminent and towering women figures to draw inspiration from that include Madre Meharban Begum Akbar Jehan among others such great power women. The need of the hour, he said is to give a platform to aspiring women and help in creating impactful voices to take on the looming challenges. “I hope that the newly constituted women’s body will work with a sense of belonging towards the party. Individually also, the women functionaries should always lent themselves available for the service of people.”

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