First Lady Begum Mahmooda Mamnoon Hussain has said that girls' education is imperative to utilize their potential in the national development.

She was addressing a ceremony in connection with International Girl Child Day organized by Pakistan Red Crescent in Islamabad on Monday evening.

She said that that no nation can progress and prosper unless women are made part of its workforce and given equal opportunities to excel in various walks of life.

Begum Mahmooda said that in Islamic civilization women are accorded great importance for formation of a good society as they play a significant role in the grooming of new generation. She said that the constitution of Pakistan grants complete security to women and allows no discrimination on the basis of gender.

The first lady said that the government is committed to provide equal opportunities to women in all sectors including education, healthcare and employment to empower them.

Begum Mahmooda Mamnoon Hussain noted with appreciation that girls are excelling in all walks of life from politics to sports noting that their successes have brought laurels for the country. She hoped that girls will emulate the efforts of Malala Yousufzai, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Samina Baig and other such luminaries in carving out a name for themselves in different fields of life.

Begum Mahmooda Mamnoon Hussain expressed optimism that the females will continue their journey toward success and progress while upholding their religious and cultural traditions. She hoped that women will also play their part for development and stability of the country and supremacy of democracy by following into the footsteps of Madr-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah.

Begum Mahmooda Mamnoon Hussain appreciated Pakistan Red Crescent for successfully holding a Women National Football Tournament for girls.

On the occasion, Begum Mahmooda Mamnoon Hussain gave away wheelchairs to female special persons and urged that they should be supported and encouraged to make them realize their full potential.

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