Lahore : Minister for Women Development Department Hameeda Waheed Uddin has said that capacity building training of 3663 women councilors has been started by the Women Development Department in nine divisional headquarters during the Annual Development Programme 2017-18.
This training will be continued throughout the year in phases so that maximum number of women councilors can be educated about the teaching the women around them about ways and means of playing a proactive societal role in their families.
She was addressing the launching ceremony of training / awareness of local bodies’ women caucus on “Punjab Women Empowerment Initiatives” at the divisional level, here today.
Provincial Secretary WDD Ms. Bushra Aman briefed the participants about the details of training programme. A large number of women councilors were present on the occasion.
While highlighting the objectives of the programme, the Provincial Minister said that womenfolk are not usually well aware of their legal and social rights at the grassroots. The capacity building training of women councilors will serve as a beneficial tool to disseminate the desired initiatives to the public to break stereotypes about women’s status in the society and to achieve targets set-forth in the Sustainable Development Goals. “Enhanced gender empowerment will ultimately lead to gender equity and women empowerment in the society,” added the Minister.
Hameeda Waheed Uddin said that the idea behind the concept is that if these elected women councilors are fully sensitized about the Punjab women empowerment initiatives, then it will go a long way in the attainment of the ultimate goals of gender equality and legal empowerment of the women. “women caucus can play a bridging role between the common women, an important segment of our society and government; they can assist women not only in resolving their fundamental issues at their doorsteps, but existing opportunities and rights can also be availed systematically, concluded the Minister.