Begum Alvi highlights the need for income generating opportunities for women – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: First Lady Begum Samina Alvi stressed on Saturday the need for sustained efforts for the economic empowerment of women, especially from disadvantaged areas of the country, through the provision of equal opportunities in different fields.

Addressing a groundbreaking ceremony for the Arts and Crafts Exhibition organized by the Indus Heritage Trust, celebrating the creative economy through the creative industry, Begum Alvi highlighted the revival of arts and crafts traditional handicrafts that could not only help preserve national heritage, but also provide equal income-generating opportunities for women.

Commending the Trust’s efforts to provide business opportunities to women in disadvantaged areas of the country through its efforts to preserve traditional arts and crafts, she observed that economically empowered women have always contributed to a strong and progressive society. .

She said such efforts could be materialized through proper training and skill development of women in traditional arts and crafts.

The traditional method of sewing and embroidery, still practiced in different parts of the country, could be encouraged along the lines of Turkey’s efforts to preserve its traditional skills, she added.

Stressing the need to revive arts and craftsmen, she said exchanging delegations from other countries could complement these efforts and showcase Pakistan’s unique traditional arts and culture abroad.

She said that women being a component of about 50 percent of the country’s population should enjoy equal rights as this was essential for the progress and development of a society.

Begum Alvi said she has been playing her part along with other stakeholders in highlighting and raising awareness about breast cancer and disability issues.

Breast cancer in Pakistan has become a deadly disease and a large number of deaths are linked to this disease due to lack of awareness, she added.

Begum Alvi said that every year October is considered Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the message should be spread persistently throughout the year.

“Healthy women can form a healthy and strong society,” she added. On people with disabilities, she observed that they have immense talents and should be given equal opportunities in all areas of life, which would further pave the way for their economic inclusion.

Indus Heritage Trust Chairperson Siddiqa Malik highlighted the functioning of the trust and the training provided to women from disadvantaged areas in arts and crafts.

She informed that they have so far trained 10,000 women who have been able to generate income of around $75,000. In addition, the Trust also trained 5,000 Afghan refugee women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces in traditional Afghan arts and crafts.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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