Last updated: 27/4/2021

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Institutions and agencies involved
Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, PPAF
References
[1] Women Empowerment Center website. < http://www.pbm.gov.pk/vds.html>. Accessed April 2021
Population group
Children, Women

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Women Empowerment Centers have been established throughout the country including Azad Kashmir & Northern Areas since 1995. Objectives are:

  • To make poor widows and orphan girls self-reliant.
  • To train low-income group of women.
  • To increase the capacity of above trainees in traditional and nontraditional skills alongwith their needs and market realities and thus increase the financial security.

To improve their standard of living.

References
[1] Women Empowerment Center website. < http://www.pbm.gov.pk/vds.html>. Accessed April 2021 [2] Women Empowerment Center Policy 2020 <http://www.pbm.gov.pk/orders/wecpolicy2020.pdf> Accessed April 2021
Programme components
These schools are providing free training to widows, orphans & poor girls in different skill i.e. Drafting, Cutting, Sewing, Knitting, Hand & Machine Embroidery
References
[1] Women Empowerment Center website. < http://www.pbm.gov.pk/vds.html>. Accessed April 2021
Start date
1995
References
[1] Women Empowerment Center website. < http://www.pbm.gov.pk/vds.html>. Accessed April 2021 [2] Women Empowerment Center Policy 2020 <http://www.pbm.gov.pk/orders/wecpolicy2020.pdf> Accessed April 2021

Targeting and eligiblity

Target groups
Low income women, children, orphans and Poor Households
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 • Orphans • Destitute • Poor Female • Involvement of local public representative
References
[1] Women Empowerment Center website. < http://www.pbm.gov.pk/vds.html>. Accessed April 2021

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash and Professional Training
References
[1] Women Empowerment Center website. < http://www.pbm.gov.pk/vds.html>. Accessed April 2021
Amount of benefits
Daily stipend @ Rs.30/- on attendance basis is paid to each trainee
References
[1] Women Empowerment Center website. < http://www.pbm.gov.pk/vds.html>. Accessed April 2021
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Monitoring and Evaluation Wing of PBM will carry out planned and surprise visit of Vocational/ Dastkari Schools throughout the country in order to ascertain functioning as per laid down policy and submit report to the Managing Director. Minimum one third of the schools in each province/region shall be visited by M&E Wing during a calendar year.
References
[2] Women Empowerment Center Policy 2020 <http://www.pbm.gov.pk/orders/wecpolicy2020.pdf> Accessed April 2021