Some Pakistanis Are Pissed About The Lack Of Female Representation In The Economic Advisory Council

By Bisma Rizwan | 3 Sep, 2018

Our newly elected government is trying to set a lot of records straight and is making a lot of new changes to the way things were run. Very recently, the Federal Government announced a new 18-member Economic Advisory Council, composed of brilliant Pakistani individuals from all around the world.

We’ve got people not only from renowned national institutions but also from prestigious international ones like Harvard, Princeton and University College, London.

Source: @PTIofficial / Twitter


And it has received a lot of praise for being inclusive of minorities despite the immense backlash.

But there’s a tiny little problem: there is no female representation on the council.

In a country where half the population is made up of women, it is incredibly shocking to see how a lot of interesting and different perspectives may be missed out on. A lot of women-centric problems might also be ignored given that there is no one to voice those concerns or perspectives.

Many people have been quoting Saadia Zahidi, who herself is an Executive Committee member at the World Economic Forum, and sharing how women will bring about a revolution if given the chance to, and have been reshaping their workplaces in unprecedented ways.

But all in all, people can’t understand why there’s no female representation…

And there’s a valid outrage.

People love that our country is now seeing some actual reforms, but wish they were a bit more balanced.

Some are suggesting credible female economists who can be a part of the Advisory Council.

While many female economists like Fawzia Naqvi and Noor Aftab are coming up themselves, asking why the council has no inclusivity. 

But at the end of it, people are urging the government to reconsider and include some women on the panel.

Whatever the causes may be, it does make you stop and wonder why the government thought that there was no woman capable enough to be able to finally break the glass ceiling, given that we do have so many of brilliant women economists around.

But, at this point in time, Pakistanis only wish to be heard, and have the council be made more inclusive.

What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments.


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