NGO Women and Democracy has introduced its Gender Equality Manifesto (GEM) on Friday.
The manifesto was introduced by former Attorney General Dhiyana Saeed at a special ceremony held at Salt Café restaurant.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dhiyana said the role of women in establishing national policies is crucial.
Dhiyana said the negative impact due to the lack of women’s input in policy making can be widely seen in the community. Noting that women had achieved many accomplishments at senior positions in the country, Dhiyana said women continue to triumph in the academic field at universities all over the world. More women can also be seen in the political arena now as well, she said.
Dhiyana said although the percentage of women are higher than men in civil service jobs, the number of women in policy making levels are very low in number. People still hold varying views when it comes to gender equality, she said.
Dhiyana said equality is equality of human dignity and cognition and giving opportunities to translate this into practice.
Women and Democracy said the purpose of the manifesto is to put gender issues into prime focus and ensure that future policy makers, legislators and head of state address gender issues and the concerns of women.
While the manifesto consists of a pledge, categories include data backed policy making, stopping misrepresentation, ending stereotypes, jumpstarting WDCs, addressing disparity, smashing the glass ceiling, eliminating the cost of being a woman, and ending violence and supporting survivors.