ISLAMABAD: The government has allocated an amount of Rs 30 million for the construction of two new working women hostels in sector G 6/2 and G 7/3 in federal budget 2012-13 to address the grievances of working women facing acute problems in finding a secure accommodation at affordable rates.
An official of ministry of human rights said that construction of women hostels made vital part of the budget released for this year. He informed that the ministry plans to hold a competition among architecture departments of different universities to come up with a design that is most suitable for accommodating more and more girls, offering a comfortable environment to the aesthetically designed buildings of the capital.
Working women hostels is a long standing demand as private hostels are not only over saturated but also very expensive and living condition is far from ideal.
A large number of working women and students come from far-flung villages in search of jobs and for studying in better educational institutions but the first problem they faced is to find a suitable shelter for living.
Away from solace of family members these students and working women face multiple problems ranging from accommodation to cultural adjustments. Afshan who works at a cellular company and hail from Rahim Yar Khan sharing her views said, it was a gigantic task especially for girls to find a comfortable place for living, adding that away from home working women face many physiological, cultural and social problems and lack of hostels aggravate these issues for them.
Salma who works with a Non Government Organisation said, “I have been living in capital for last five years but still did not find a satisfactory and comfortable place to live”. There is only government hostel for women for private sector employees which is not enough to cater needs of girls searching for reasonable residence.