Women Empowerment Center (WEC)


Women Empowerment Centers have been established throughout the country including Azad Kashmir & Northern Areas since 1995. These schools are providing free training to widows, orphans & poor girls in different skill i.e. Drafting, Cutting, Sewing, Knitting, Hand & Machine Embroidery . PBM planed to have at-least one Vocational Dastkari School in each district. Current strength of these schools is 154 (Punjab - 64, Sindh - 30, Khyber Pakhtunkwa + FATA - 32, Balochistan -18 & ICT/AJK/ N. Areas -11). Low-income group of women/girls are trained in two shifts of 60 trainees, bi-annually. 15 (Punjab - 6, Sindh- 3, Khyber Pakhtunkwa + FATA- 1 Balochistan - 2 & ICT/AJK/ N. Areas - 2) have been diversified, where training is added in Computer, use of Office Equipments like Fax, Photocopiers, Printers, Interior Decoration, Beautician, Cooking, Tie & Dye and Glass Painting etc, according to the requirement of area. Local skills are also being imparted in these schools  


Women Empowerment Center Policy 2020



aa  Train low-income group of women

aa  Focus on poor widows and orphan girls 

aa  Training emphasis on income generating activities

Enrolment Criteria

aa  Feasibility on the basis of two shifts of 30 trainees in each, with 2 instructors and 1 Qaria. Availability of poor and needy trainees with no support or source of income in the following categories:-

aa   Widows with dependent children

aa  Orphans

aa  Destitute

aa  Poor Female

aa  Involvement of local public representative

Salient Features

aa  Destitute, needy widows, orphan and poor girls are eligible for admission e

aa  Involvement of local community, NGOs / CBOs, philanthropists and social workers is ensured for selection of students on merit 

aa  The schools are operated on double shift basis

aa   Daily stipend @ Rs.30/- on attendance basis is paid to each trainee

aa  Number of trainees is for one session of six months duration is 120

aa   Courses offered are cutting, drafting, tailoring, hand embroidery, machine embroidery and hand knitting

aa   Raw material is provided free of cost

aa   All Women Empowerment Centre have to be registered with respective Provincial Technical Board


aa  Presently 19888 trainees are benefiting from training in these schools, whereas 190222 trainees have been passed out.