PESHAWAR: Minister of State and Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon on Friday said that investing in women economic empowerment sets a direct path towards poverty alleviation and financial inclusiveness.
She said that the BISP is trying its best to empower its beneficiaries through its various initiatives besides managing poverty through unconditional cash transfers as well making its beneficiaries self reliant.
Memon was speaking at Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between BISP and Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (WCCI) KP on skill development training for BISP beneficiaries.
The MoU between BISP and WCCI KP was signed by DG KP BISP Irfan Yusufzai and President WCCI KP Shumaima Arbab, which will train 500 BISP beneficiaries in dress making, jewelry designing, fashion designing, leather goods, home accessories and woven wool products.
Memon added that the training would open new avenues of opportunities for BISP beneficiaries making them financially and economically empowered. She thanked the WCCI KP for their cooperation and urged other organizations to come forward and play their part in social development.
REPORT TO GOVERNOR KP
Later, Marvi Memon presented BISP Progress Report 2014-2016 to Governor KP Iqbal Zafar Jhagra at a plenary conference in Governor House KP.
Governor KP appreciated the role of the government in making BISP a success story, and that the stipend goes to women making them more confident and empowered. He also admired the efforts for the uplift of FATA.
Memon highlighted the milestones achieved by BISP and stated that 1157,483 households of KP receive BISP stipend on quarterly basis and 252,180 children have been enrolled in Charsadda, Kohat, Maneshera, Malakand, Noshera, Bannu and Haripur under the Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT) initiative.
She lauded the courage and struggle of BISP beneficiaries and said it is a platform that they can use to break the shackles of poverty and overcome the gender bias of our society.
During the conference, Governor KP distributed appreciation certificates among BISP beneficiaries from all across KP for their bravery and struggle against poverty.
The beneficiaries stated that besides helping them financially, BISP has been pivotal in empowering them socially and economically.