Women Empowerment Center

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 157 (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



  Train low-income group of women
  Focus on poor widows and orphan girls 
  Training  emphasis on  income generating activities

Eligibility Criteria


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:-
   Widows with dependent children
  Poor Female
   Involvement of local public representative





Hand Embroidery

Machine Embroidery

Tie & Die

Hand Knitting

Fabric Painting

Block Printing

Glass Work

Zari Work & Local Skills


Computer Training

Khadi work


Hand Embroidery

Salient Features


Destitute, needy widows, orphan and poor girls are eligible for admission  
   Involvement of local community, NGOs / CBOs, philanthropists and social workers is ensured for selection of students on merit 
   The schools are operated on double shift basis
   Daily stipend @ Rs.30/- on attendance basis is paid to each trainee
   Number of trainees is 60 for one session of six months duration in VDS and 120 in DVDS
   Courses offered are cutting, drafting, tailoring, hand embroidery, machine embroidery and hand knitting
   Raw material is provided free of cost
   All Vocational Dastkari Schools / Diversified Vocational Dastkari Schools have to be registered with respective Provincial Technical Board



Presently 8000 trainees are  benefiting from training in these schools, whereas 106348 trainees have been passed out.