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'Train women for great economic prosperity'; Punjab initiatves lauded.

LAHORE -- As many as 375 rural women from marginalised communities who have received 'Skills for Market 201415' training, collaborated by Punjab Skills Development Fund (PKDF) and Kashf Foundation, received certificates here on Thursday.

The capacity building skills pertaining to domestic tailoring, Adda workmanship, beautician would enable the women to earn their livelihood and also develop linkages with the revelent markets.

The training has been funded by Punjab government and UKaid. MD of Kashf Foundation Ms Roshaney Zafar, Director Punjab Vocational Training Centre Sajid Naseer were also present on the occasion.

Punjab Minister for Women Development, Ms Hameeda Waheed uddin addressing as chief guest said with the collaboration of five government departments trainings geared to socioeconomic empowerment of women working in agri fields, farms, factories or doing own businesses were being held.

She highlighted various landmark initiatves under Chief Minister's package for women development in the province such as setting up of day care centres in 36 districts, working women hostels, microfinance schemes, job quota enhancement from 5% to 15%; establishment of Ombudsman office to address workplace harassment faced by women, alongwith widescale vocational trainings.

Roshaney Zafar said so far Kashf Foundation has trained about 2.5 million women ever since it started working for women development some 20 years back. "We are working in all the four provinces of the country now", she beamed. She recollected that they faced a lot of resistance from men who opposed trainings of their women but with persistent counsellings realised the importance of economic empowerment.

In particular, Ms Zafar lauded the multipronged intiatives taken by the Punjab government for the improvement of women's status and economic conditions. "With concerted efforts by all stakeholders we will succeed in achieving a far more developed Pakistan", she expressed hope.

Kashf Foundation intends to train another 378 women in the second batch of this training, it was learnt.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Mar 20, 2015
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