10 Pakistani icons remembered on International Women Day

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Updated 09 March 2020

10 Pakistani icons remembered on International Women Day

FAST FACTS

  • • Pakistan’s constitution promotes right to equality for both men and women
  • • Women make up 50 percent of the country’s population: United Nations Development Programme
  • • According to UN statistics, only 22.7 percent are part of Pakistan’s labor force
  • • Less than a fifth of the nation’s women have access to secondary education
  • • Pakistan ranks 151 out of 153 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2020

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to recognize women’s achievements in the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres, this year’s theme for International Women’s Day is urging people to believe that “an equal world is an enabled world.”
Since its inception on March 8, 1911, the globally-celebrated event has sought to highlight several causes, with this year’s event focusing on promoting gender equality and inclusiveness at the workplace.
Here, Arab News Asia Bureau, which proudly employs a 48 percent female workforce, has compiled a list of 10 Pakistani women who have played a pivotal role in shaping the narrative for women’s achievements and equality in the country:

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FASTFACTS

• Pakistan’s constitution promotes right to equality for both men and women   • Women make up 50 percent of the country’s population: United Nations Development Programme   • According to UN statistics, only 22.7 percent are part of Pakistan’s labor force   • Less than a fifth of the nation’s women have access to secondary education   • Pakistan ranks 151 out of 153 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2020


PM Khan asks international community to return stolen assets of developing states

Updated 24 September 2020

PM Khan asks international community to return stolen assets of developing states

  • Says his government has taken several steps to stop financial crimes and bring their perpetrators to justice
  • Urges the world community to discard ‘unequal investment treaties’ and adopt a fair adjudication system to handle financial disputes

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that the international community should act against perpetrators of financial crimes and return the stolen assets of developing countries, reported the Associated Press of Pakistan.
Addressing a panel on Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity (FACTI) on the sidelines of the 75th United Nations General Assembly session in New York through a video link, he said: “One trillion dollars is taken out each year by these white-collar criminals. Twenty to forty billion dollars is in the form of bribes received by the corrupt. Seven trillion dollars in stolen assets is parked in safe tax ‘haven’ destinations. Five to six hundred billion dollars is lost each year in tax avoidance by multinational companies.”
Pointing out “billions of dollars” of illicit outflow of money from developing countries, Khan maintained his government had received “a robust public mandate to get rid of this menace from the country.”
He said that his administration had “taken several initiatives domestically” to deal with the situation, adding that “the stolen assets of developing countries, including the proceeds of corruption, bribery, and other crimes, must be returned immediately.”
“The authorities in ‘haven’ destinations must impose criminal and financial penalties on their financial institutions, which receive and utilize such money or assets,” Khan said.
He also noted that the “enablers” of such crimes, including accountants, lawyers and other individuals, must be regulated and held accountable.
Khan criticized the “profit-shifting” practice of multinational corporations, saying these organizations took their money to low-tax zones of the world to retain as much of their profit as possible.
“Unequal investment treaties should be discarded or revised and a fair system for adjudication of investment disputes set up,” he recommended.
The prime minister also appreciated the initiative by Nigeria and Norway to establish the panel on International Financial Accountability. He also welcomed the interim FACTI report, calling the figures of illicit flows of money mentioned in it “staggering,” and pointing out that “this bleeding of the poorer and developing countries must stop.”