National Coordination Forum
Women's Parliamentary Caucus
A Parliamentary Forum for Women Issues in Focus
Dr Shahida Rehmani
With my new responsibility as Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, I alongwith the Working Council, am keen to bring gender discourse at the centre-stage of all parliamentary forums. It is our belief that the importance of women in attainment of human development cannot be underestimated. We as women play a key role in democratic governance and sustainable development at all levels.
Our aim is to work collectively for the cause of women in Pakistan. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto always wanted women parliamentarians to unite as a strong and united voice of Pakistani women.
What is Women's Parliamentary Caucus
The Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) is a cross-party forum for women parliamentarians of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The WPC was established to enhance women’s participation and engagement in all Parliamentary affairs. The caucus was created on 21 November 2008, by a resolution of the National Assembly. WPC is run by an elected Secretary along with a Working Council comprising of women parliamentarians both from the government and opposition parties.
The WPC carries out the following functions
Developing gender-sensitive legislative responses
Review and Supervision of gender-inclusive programs and policy
Serving the cause of the women of Pakistan and amplifying their voice
Raising Awareness on gender issues of urgent importance