SIALKOT

Roberta Clarke, UN Women’s regional director for Asia Pacific, has assured the home-based female workers here that her organisation would continue supporting them to bring prosperity in their lives.

The nine-member delegation reviewed the accomplishments and targets of the UN Women-funded project titled “Programme for Integrated Support for Socio-economic Rehabilitation of the Jobless Women Soccer Stitchers in Sialkot”.

 “UN Women will support them in having training in locally marketable income generating skills, providing access to job opportunities, development of micro entrepreneurship and creating opportunities and spaces for own account employment,” she said addressing the women workers at the Training and Works Centre set up at Social Welfare Complex in Sambrial town. It is a joint venture of Women Development Department. She added that UN Women was a UN entity working for development and empowerment of women.

It is its mandate to support struggle and efforts for mitigation of gender discriminations, pace up process of provision of equal opportunities for development to females on the basis of gender equality, she said. She reassured that UN Women would continue supporting Baidarie for facilitating access to income generating alternatives for jobless women.

Ms Joana Merlin Scholtes, senior country advisor, appreciated the courage, assertiveness and logic being put into use by women workers to surface their problems and their passion and courage to advance struggle in a collective and organised pattern for securing their basic subsistence in a harassment-free atmosphere.

She said that the ray of hope that has been rekindled in the segment of workers is an invaluable passion that will keep spurring up women on their track for securing better options, spaces and opportunities not only  for themselves but also for their coming generations.

Ms Sangeeta Thapa, deputy representative of UN Women’s country office, said that UN Women does not approve the gender-based discrimination and it would support such initiatives as promise equal opportunities for women to progress in life.