In a keynote address on the subject of Social Development and Women’s Empowerment in New Delhi 2001, she said:
“For me, the empowerment of women lies less in laws and more in economic independence. Dependent women, like dependent nations,
are not free to take the decisions they may like to take. For them survival becomes the code with which to address their situation.”
I have no doubt about the fact that a society can only realize its true potential and embark on a trajectory of
sustainable socio-economic development if it takes its underprivileged segments of society along with it particularly the women.
Democracy, in its very essence, is participatory and seeks to establish an inclusive
society, which provides equal opportunities to all segments of society and particularly protects the poorest of the poor.
It is for this reason that BISP is the Government’s flagship programme and has successfully targeted 7 million families living below
the poverty line.
Due to its presence in all the four provinces including GB, FATA, AJ&K, BISP has emerged as the
greatest anti-poverty and pro-people programme.
BISP’ collaboration with various regional and international organsaitons including World Bank speaks
volumes about its professionalism, transparency and efficacy. The credit for the rare honour won by BISP should go
to its Chairperson and her team who have worked hard to make it achieve excellence.
I am sure that the new website will help BISP highlight its achievements and make it more interactive with a
wide range of domestic, regional and global audience. Let me assure you that the present democratic government will
continue to help BISP in its endeavours.