Madam. Fouzia Fayyaz previously worked as a career diplomat in Washington D.C. and New Delhi. However, with her recent position she has become the only female adviser who served at the Pakistani embassy in Saudi Arabia at the age of 70.
Talking about the opportunities women have received in Pakistan, Fouzia added that the country is evolving and recognizes the role and importance of women in different work sectors.
Asked about her responsibilities at the Pakistani embassy, Fouzia had to say this about her job at the Consulate-General:
I am the first female diplomat to serve in KSA. In general I am responsible for the consular department that offers facilities to service applicants such as passports, national identity cards, extension and renewal, travel documents etc.
Furthermore, she praised the efforts of the Pakistani Foreign Ministry Affairs:
Pakistani society recognizes the role of women and how they contribute to the growth of our nation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan (MOFA) is also very progressive in this respect. It has opened its doors for women at all levels.
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Support and education
The counselor, who comes from South Punjab, has revealed that during her journey to become a career diplomat, she was always supported by her father who herself advocated equal rights for men and women. She said that more female officials were also appointed under her department of the consulate in Jeddah.
She says that her journey was not easy, but the support of her father made her achieve her goals in life
People from the area did not give much emphasis on girls' education, especially higher education. But I am proud of my late father (Fayyaz Ahmad), who had vision, passion and courage that daughters would also receive higher education.
Fouzia Fayyaz completed her Master in English Literature from Islamia University in Bahawalpur. After completing her Masters degree, she did her CSS exam and qualified to serve her country at home and abroad at the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.
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