ISLAMABAD: National Database and Registration Authority, (NADRA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with “United Nations (UN) Women”.
Ms. Alice H. Shackelford, Country Programme Director, UN WOMEN, Pakistan and Mr. Tariq Malik, Deputy Chairman NADRA signed the MoU today at NADRA Headquarter, says a press release issued here on Thursday.
NADRA has signed MoU with UN Women, the United Nations Entity of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women to maximize the technical assistance, cooperation and coordination to ensure the commitment for working effectively and in an efficient manner.
UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) as the primary UN Agency within the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, acts as a global champion for women and girls to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
Under the MoU, UN Women will support NADRA through provision of technical advice about gender equality and empowerment of women; exploring new opportunities to complement ongoing institutional efforts and determine other areas or services where cooperation and support may be mutually beneficial.
Deputy Chairman, NADRA said this MoU will pave the way for the empowerment of women and will help meeting the goal of ensuring the appropriate involvement of women in mainstream development activities and to support innovative and experimental activities benefiting women in line with national and regional priorities.
He said that NADRA has been empowering women and ensuring their social, economic and political rights by providing them national computerized identity cards. “CNIC has been made mandatory to register in voters list and vote casting. Women’s Right to vote can only be ensured by having a CNIC,” he said.
In the past three years, NADRA has increased women registration by 74% while NADRA has already registered 92% population of the country by issuing 86 million CNICs including 37 million women, he added.
Malik said NADRA is working as a catalyst in transforming e-Govt. agenda in Pakistan. It houses world’s largest multi-biometric database and has very effectively used it to bring transparency in government’s citizen centric initiatives like Benazir Income Support Program, Cash Disbursement Program for Internally Displaced People and Citizen Damage Compensation Program.
While quoting the example of NADRA’s role in women empowerment, he said that NADRA ensured women rights in transparent cash disbursement to flood victims by making women as head of family when required.
He said that NADRA is working aggressively to increase female registration across the country particularly in far-flung and remote areas through its mobile registration vans, which provide service at the doorsteps.
Moreover, he added, NADRA centers throughout the country have been reserved for women only on Fridays whereas more than 20 women-only NADRA centers and mobile vans with female only staff are also facilitating women in acquiring CNICs.