UN women delegation calls on Anusha, discuss women economic empowerment

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ISLAMABAD: A three-member delegation of UN Women led by UN Women Pakistan country representative Jamshed Qazi, called on Minister of State for IT and Telecom Anusha Rehman here at the Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT) on Monday.

The delegation discussed collaboration on economic empowerment of women in far flung areas of the country by using modern technological means.

Anusha Rehman said that UN-women has a great contribution in the arena of women empowerment through out the globe. UN women and ITU both recognised the flagship project “ICT for Girls” in 2015 and were recognised as Global Achievers.

She stated that ,”We have established 150 state of the art computer labs in women empowerment Centers of Baitul Mal etc, where thousands of girls of marginalized segments are learning modern techniques of coding and computing through Microsoft and and earn their livelihood honorably while sitting at their homes as well. Therefore Pakistan is being ranked number 04 in the world in free lancing and now we are committed to further improve this ranking through a “DigiSkills program” where one million people will be trained in the “Free lancing” online and we are ready to formally inaugurate that by next month”.

The minister apprised the delegates that we are developing an online “Made in Pakistan” portal where we are bringing a cluster of 1000 companies on line which include carpet, furniture, leather and other such industries to further promote e-commerce in the Country.

The delegates appreciated the initiatives of the Minister for the welfare an empowerment of women and girls. Jamshed Qazi, while appreciating the initiatives of Ministry of IT stated that UN Women intends to collaborate with MOIT to achieve common objectives of women empowerment by using latest technologies.

Both the sides agreed to further explore the areas of mutual collaboration. The delegates thanked the Minister for extending her cooperation to UN Women.