LAHORE - Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has signed an agreement with the Women Development Department (WDD), and Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department (NFBE), to work jointly to promote gender mainstreaming with a focus on empowering women to play a greater role in the socio-economic development of the country.
Qazi Azmat Isa, CEO PPAF, Irum Bukhari, Secretary Women Development Department, Government of Punjab and Dr Pervez Ahmed Khan, Secretary Literacy and Non Formal Basic Education Department, signed the agreement.
Under the agreement, PPAF will collaborate in piloting policy-grassroots linkages through supporting networks of women and youth organisations to interact more closely with WDD and Literacy Department and other government entities, documenting lessons and sharing on areas such as social mobilisation strategies, gender mainstreaming strategies, development of networks and information/awareness raising campaigns to better implement provincial laws and policies pertaining to improved gender equality.
PPAF will engage youth volunteers and community institution members from selected districts in the Punjab who will contact the women and youth at the grassroots level to promote literacy amongst the women groups.
Literacy modules will be provided by the literacy and NFBE department especially designed to cater the needs of women groups including awareness raising on gender-based violence, livelihoods, agency of women and limitations and challenges on their role in the public and private domain.