National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) has planned to announce annual awards for the new and emerging women writers for their outstanding work in any genre of Urdu literature.
Talking to APP, Chairman NCSW, Khawar Mumtaz said the idea of announcing awards for new women writers was conceived by the commission considering the fact that there must be some source of acknowledgment for the work of women writers.
She said the commission will work out on a plan to identify the outstanding new women writers in collaboration with Oxford University Press (OUP)’s initiative of Islamabad Literature Festival and give award to them annually.
The work of the award winning women will be published in Urdu as well as regional languages of the country, she said.
She said there are many women in the country who have talent and potential of writing either in form of poetry, stories and novels but remain unacknowledged, NCSW is trying to give them a platform to publish and promote their work.
Khawar Mumtaz said the commission will use different mediums like advertisements and social media to reach out the aspiring women writers in different corners of the country and promote their work.
She said the commission was pursuing the agenda of reviewing women policies and carrying out efforts to give women opportunities to be treated at equal levels.—APP