LAHORE - Noted social worker Begum Mehnaz Rafi has stressed the socio-economic empowerment of women in the country.

“Women played an important role in Pakistan Movement and now they should come forward for nation-building,” Begum Rafi said Saturday while addressing students of Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT). The set pattern of Pakistani society regarding women participation in national affairs should be changed as the status of women is a key indicator to judge the pace of progress of any society, she said.

“Islam gives equal rights to man and woman. According to various studies, women have more potential to come forward as compared to men.”

She was speaking on a special sitting held at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan.