Press Release

Ms. Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan Minister of State For Information Technology & Telecom,Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh Managing Director PBM inaugurating Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Women empowerment centre in Islamabad.

The government has established `Women Development and Empowerment Centre (WD&EC) for the marganilzed segments of the capital and adjacent areas on the occasion of International Women Day falling today. The center established by Pakistan Bait ul Maal (PBM) was inaugurated by Minister of State for Information and Technology and Telecommunication,Anosha Rehman here on Sunday on Lehtarar Road.The centre offers advanced computer courses besides mastering skill trainings of beautician, embroidery, sewing and cooking.A well-equipped IT lab, sponsored by Telenor Pakistan, has also been set up in the centre with 20 computers where highly trained staff would impart advance courses training to the girls.Addressing the ceremony as chief guest the minister quoting Quaid-i-Azam said no nation can progress without equal participation of women.She said women comprised 50 percent of our total population,adding that our womenfolk is highly talented and committed so the government is taking appropriate steps to open opportunities for them.A project of `ICT for girls' is also on cards, the minister informed adding that girls who did not continue their studies after matric could be facilitated through it.Under this concept girls could be able to work at home through computers and give financial support to their families, the minister stated."All set to launch this project and soon it would be announced”, she informed. The government has also taken a number of steps to ensure inheritance right for women and representation of women at policy level, Anosha Rehman said. Speaking on the occasion Managing Director Pakistan Bail ul Mal (PBM) Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh said 158 centers of vocational training are currently rendering services for women empowerment throughout the country. He said all these centers are revamped and modern technologies are being introduced here for meeting the challenges of modern world. He also informed that 160 centres of child rehabilitation are also providing free of cost services to combat menace of force labour, adding, 18,000 children were currently getting services from these centers while more than 100,000 were so far rehabilitated through them.Barrister Abid Waheed also apprised that a pilot project of `Great Home' has also been introduced for homeless senior citizens. Initially a centre was established in Lahore and after its success two more centres would be opened in Karachi and Islamabad soon. Member National Assembly Tariq Fazal Chaudry, senators, members provincial assemblies and a large number of girls from nearby localities attended the event.