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Women can help reduce poverty: UNIDO

ISLAMABAD: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) representative Shadia Yousif Bakhait said on Saturday that women could help reduce poverty in the country by utilising their abilities in different sectors.

“Woman has an important role in any society and without their contribution no nation can strengthen its economy. Pakistani women are capable enough to play their role in strengthening the national economy but the need is to give them proper guidelines,” said Shadia Yousif Bakhait while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Islamabad Expo 2011.

She said that the UNIDO was committed to help Pakistan’s industrial sector specially gems and jewellery and stone development sectors in order to strengthen the country’s economy.

Praising the arrangements of Islamabad Expo 2011, Chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Imtiaz Inayat Elahi said that such type of programmes were vital for educating the people to improve their capacity in different sectors and earn foreign exchange which would ultimately strengthen the country’s economy.

He said that the CDA always encouraged and supported such kind of development programmes.

Samina Fazil, President of Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce andIndustry (IWCCI), said that 52 per cent of the country’s population consisted of women, which unfortunately were not contributing their proper share in the national economy.

She said that there was a strong need to utilize the women’s abilities by educating them and giving proper guidelines different skills and business opportunities in order to improve the country’s economy.

The two-day exhibition, which has been organized by the Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) in collaboration with its partner United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) displayed marble mosaic and inlay work to highlight the women empowerment culture through skill development programme in the country.

The PASDEC is promoting enterprise household models to support womenenterprising activities of women to generate employment in rural areasand produce value-added products from marble waste such as mosaic,inlays and handicraft products. Mosaic is the art of decoration with small pieces of stone, coloredglass or other material.

Source: The News


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