A workshop was conducted on Tuesday to discuss the proposed interventions, map resources offered by various departments and organisations, develop a coordination mechanism among stakeholders and formulate an action plan.
The workshop was led by Social Welfare Department Secretary Manzoor Ahmad and Social Protection and Gender Mainstreaming, Planning and Development Department Chief Fazilat Jehan.
The programme is expected to increase access to economic resources of 3,000 women in the two selected tribal districts.
Target sectors for the special emphasis programme include agriculture, horticulture, livestock, dairy, poultry, apiculture, handicrafts, food processing and packaging, nurseries and kitchen gardening.
The programme would form 150 women productive groups around a common economic interest, besides increasing the number of skilled women, building their capacities in organisational and managerial skills and linking groups with local governments, the business community and development organisations.
In the tribal districts of KP, women having limited access to information, skills, finances and markets are one of the major stumbling blocks that hamper the development of women-specific enterprises.
Although both the male and female population have little or no access to resources at par with other parts of the country due to being ignored by successive governments, the female labour force participation, 5.9 per cent, remains way behind male labour force participation of 38.6pc.
Government officials told Profit that the formation of women entrepreneur groups will be the first step towards supporting and elevating women towards micro and small enterprise development in the merged areas.
The officials said that the groups will enable the speedy delivery of government and non-government interventions for enterprise development. “The groups will link government departments, financial institutions and development organisations to train women for skills, provide them access to low-interest loans and raw material inputs.”