It said that gender equality benefited both women and children and was pivotal to the health and development of families, communities and nations. Nasir said the report reflected the feelings of the entire humanity. He called for empowering women, and said that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had always advocated women’s rights.
The minister called for the elimination of domestic violence, and stressed the need to empower women financially. Shahida Azfar, chief executive of the Family Planning Association of Pakistan, said that the maternal mortality rate was still very high in Pakistan.