Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, delivered a compelling speech in Peshawar, expressing his commitment to providing equal opportunities for women in every sphere of life. He announced a bold initiative to offer interest-free loans to women, enabling them to stand on their own feet.
Addressing a women’s convention in Peshawar, Bilawal Bhutto highlighted the pivotal role women have played in the PPP’s struggle, consistently leading from the front during challenging times. He acknowledged the resilience exhibited by Begum Nusrat Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto during General Zia’s regime, with Benazir Bhutto becoming the first female Prime Minister of the Muslim world.
Bilawal emphasized the PPP’s vision for women’s participation in all sectors, aspiring for their roles to be as influential as those of men. The party’s ideology revolves around treating women with respect and ensuring equal opportunities.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari praised the exemplary work done by women in various fields within the PPP’s ranks. He asserted that the party owes many of its successes to the relentless efforts of women, and he expressed the desire to see women enjoy equal opportunities in all aspects of life.
According to Bilawal, the concerted efforts of women within the PPP have led to significant achievements, and he anticipates further success for women in the upcoming 2024 elections due to their hard work and dedication.
Bilawal outlined plans for the construction of 300,000 homes for the underprivileged across Pakistan and emphasized the PPP’s commitment to providing women with opportunities in economic, social, and political spheres.
PPP’s Focus on Women’s Leadership Throughout its History
Bilawal highlighted the PPP’s historical commitment to women’s leadership, citing the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) as a revolutionary initiative. He pledged to expand on this project, reiterating the party’s dedication to providing interest-free loans to women.
He revealed that the PPP had initiated the People’s Poverty Alleviation project in Sindh under the banner of PPP Aviation. The project aims to provide interest-free loans to women, with the intention of establishing banks for women in every province and district.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asserted that the late Benazir Bhutto had introduced the concept of Lady Health Workers, which was later emulated by Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka.
Bilawal stressed the need for educated and empowered women, comparing Pakistan to Afghanistan and expressing the desire to see Pakistani women progress unhindered. He emphasized that the nation’s economy can only prosper when men and women work hand in hand, contributing equally to the country’s development.