Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Unveils Empowering Initiatives for Women’s Day


During a ceremony commemorating International Women’s Day in Lahore, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif unveiled a series of groundbreaking initiatives aimed at empowering women across the region.

Among the significant announcements, Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz declared a notable increase in the job quota for women within the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC). The quota, previously set at 10%, has now been raised to 15%, offering greater opportunities for women in public service roles.

In a move to support working mothers, Maryam Nawaz allocated Rs. 1 billion for the establishment of Day Care Centers at workplaces, ensuring easier access to childcare facilities. Additionally, plans were set in motion for the creation of hostels catering to working women, providing safe and affordable accommodation options.

Recognizing the importance of economic empowerment, the Chief Minister announced forthcoming internships tailored for women and financial assistance in the form of loans to facilitate the establishment of online businesses.

Addressing concerns regarding inheritance rights, Maryam Nawaz assured equitable distribution by stating that the Board of Revenue would facilitate the transfer of inheritance to heirs, ensuring daughters receive their rightful share. Notably, no transfer fees would be levied for gifting property to sisters and daughters.

In a bid to enhance workplace inclusivity, the Chief Minister proposed a new law granting working women a three-day maternity leave. Furthermore, she emphasized the importance of designated areas and schedules for women at gyms and stadiums, along with dedicated prayer areas and separate washroom facilities in government institutions.

One of the most innovative initiatives introduced by Maryam Nawaz is the International Women Safety App, named “Never Again.” This app aims to provide women across Punjab with a reliable tool for instant access to emergency services and support, significantly bolstering women’s safety and security in the region.