In his special message regarding 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, the Vice Chancellor University of Okara, Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar, said that the nation could not achieve the sustainable development goals without the active and equal participation of all genders, especially the women. 

He argued that the societies with gender discrimination and violence against women failed to step up the ladder of human development index. He also highlighted the role of education in reducing gender gap and ensuring women empowerment.

“Women constitute almost half of our population, thus, they have very crucial role to play in the socio-economic development. If we keep this half uneducated or undereducated, we cannot expect them to perform their part and hence, we render them useless”.

Dr Zakar told that the government’s initiative to open universities at district level like the University of Okara would help in reducing the gender gap as more female students from the downtrodden families could have access to higher education. 

Every year, the period from November 25 to December 10 is commemorated as 16 Days of Activism worldwide. According to the university spokesperson, the UO will organize a series of virtual seminars with the students and faculty to create awareness of women rights during this activism.

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