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‘Women Entrepreneurs Shining through Constraints’: KP government devises a programme to create jobs for tribeswomen

The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has come up with a programme named ‘Women Entrepreneurs Shining through Constraints‘. This will help to generate jobs for women who belong to merged districts.

The main aim of the project, which will be piloted in two tribal districts, is to identify and train the ‘Mashrani‘ community-based female leaders, who would manage women enterprise groups around targeted sectors, these groups will have 20-30 members.

The goal of this programme is to end poverty, set the basis for women entrepreneurship, deal with constraints in a collective manner, and relating women entrepreneurships with gender equality.

A workshop was also conducted, in which the proposed interventions, map resources offered by various organizations and departments were discussed. The development of a coordination mechanism among stakeholders and formulation of an action plan was also talked about.

The workshop was led by Social Welfare Secretary Manzoor Ahmad, and Social Protection and Gender Mainstreaming, Planning and Development Department Chief Fazilat Jehan.

The programme is expected to increase the access of 3,000 women to economic resources in the two selected tribal districts. It will mainly target these sectors: food processing and packaging, nurseries, kitchen gardening, agriculture, horticulture, livestock, dairy,poultry, apiculture and handicrafts.

The program would form 150 women groups around a common economic interest, along with increasing the number of skilled women, building their managerial and organizational skills, and linking groups with the local government, the business community and development organisations.

The groups will enable speedy delivery of government and non-government interventions for enterprise development.

Although in KP both male and female population have minimum access to resources as compared to other parts of Pakistan, the female labor force participation (5.9%) is lacking behind male labor force participation (38.6%)

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