Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan

by Primary Education Project
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan
Support Empowerment for Women in Pakistan

PEP recently conducted a training for a Self Help Group at Rano Bheel village. During the training we found that the Self Help Group at Rano Bheel is not only focused on savings, but they are very friendly towards each other and are very engaged and connected with each other.

During the training, we met a lady Shazadi who is a member of the SHG group at Rano Bheel village. She shared with us her testimony about how the SHG group has helped her save money and to use it for her daughter's illness.

Shehzadi has been with the SHG group since the group began, and before that her children were studying in PEP school when they were saving as part of Aflatoun members. Shezadi was impressed when she saw her own children saving and sharing with her the importance of saving as well.

Shehzadi shared, "As my children grew up and went away to their homes after marrying, I was left alone and started to have some financial problems. My friends and neighbors reached out to me and told me about SHG I immediately took the opportunity to join, and have since been very fortunate as a result of being a member of the group."

Recently in 2019, Shehzadi had to go through a terrible tragedy when her daughter passed away due to cancer, but during her daughters treatment the SHG group fully supported Shehzadi financially for 6 to 8 months through the SHG group.

Even when her daughter passed away, Shehzadi is always very thankful to the SHG group and is now supporting others in her group through savings. For Shehzadi, the SHG group is like family to her in her time of need. The group meets each month to collect their savings and rotate the saved amount to any person who immediately needs it. The SHG group has proved to be really effective for members of Rano Bheel village.

The Women's Empowerment Programme conducts trainings for women in rural areas and these trainings are really effective way to empower and encourage women to develop socially, spiritually, and emotionally. 

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Gudi in one of the Women's Empowerment Training
Gudi in one of the Women's Empowerment Training

Gudi used to work in fields before a Women's Empowerment Programbegan in her village, but now she is a teacher in an Adult Literacy Center in rural Sindh, Pakistan

Gudi is one of the most courageous women in her village who despite her circumstances is daring to teach women in an Adult Literacy Center. With seven daughters and 2 sons, Gudi was not able to educate all of her children because of having no school for a long time in her village.

When Primary Education Project opened a school in her village, Gudi was able to send one of her younger daughter and a son to school. Out of 9 children only two are able to attend school as her elder daughters got married. But for Gudi, even this is a great blessing because there are many more children in her village that have an access to school now.

As a Women's Empowerment Group group opened in Gudi's village, she got selected as a Community Mobilizer. Gudi is also teaching other women in the Female Adult Literacy Center with 20 other women like Gudi are enrolled in the programme.

While Gudi was still learning in the Women's Empowerment Program she received trainings on different topics such as, Girls education, women rights, CLTS and child marriage. These trainings were really effective for Gudi as she learned a lot from these trainings. She understood the concept of why educating her girls is a worthwhile investment. Gudi believes in girls' education and works to encourage other women to send their girls to school.

Gudi has a great influence over all the women in her village and everyone really likes her and want to listen to her. Her efforts and the desire to impact especially women have brought transformation in her village.

Women's Empowerment Porgram Group photo
Women's Empowerment Porgram Group photo

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My name is Laali and me along with my husband, Amershi and children; live in Mir Aata Mohd. Talpur village in district Mirpurkhas, Sindh.

Before being a part of Primary Education Project’s Women Empowerment Program,

She recalls,

“I and my husband used to toil in a landlords piece of land the entire day moreover; we did not knew anything about saving. Life was hard and money was difficult to earn but we tried our best to feed our family”

However, later on I became known of Primary Education Project’s Women Empowerment Program functioning in our village and became a member of it by contacting our village mobilizer, Seeta. I have also attended trainings conducted by Primary Education Project and have learned about topics that I was not aware of like Disaster Risk Reduction, Community Led Total Sanitation and saving money which have proven to be helpful for me in all aspects.

Laali confidently shares,

“These trainings have made me become vigilant with respect to social issues and confident even in the face of rejection and due to this I have transformed myself in a positive manner and am opening towards vast possibilities. I also took part in the monthly BC system held by my group and got total PKR 9000 through it due to which I laid foundation of a small business, paid my children’s fees, gave household rent and bought some jewellery made up of silver now worth PKR 18,000”

Primary Education Project has helped to re-establish myself and I am immensely filled with gratitude that they have given me an opportunity to become a part of it and discover my capacities, whereas, my way of thinking has also developed at a broader platform and I am able to share my opinions in front of my fellow members.

Many women now in our village are familiar with Community Led Total Sanitation, Disaster Risk Reduction and saving and I have noticed a remarkable change in my village that a great number of women are keeping their homes hygienically clean and are saving money as well as resources regularly. Therefore, my only intention is to give my children a sustainable future and help Primary Education Project to broaden in my village so further women like me could be benefitted from it.

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She is one of the youngest teachers of Adult Literacy Centres who is studying in Haji Ghulam Rasul Junejo School which is located in Mirpurkhas as well as she is also teaching 10 women in her village, furthermore; she also teaches in a Pre-school. Even though, the community she lives in criticizes her a lot but her immense courage never lets her down and she still keeps on teaching women by going to their houses as they are not permitted by their families.

Coming from a village named as Salman Junejo, where the presence of women is highly ignored but despite that her confidence and passion to learn something new each day has not come to an end. Throughout ITEP training, she also expressed her admiration regarding the way of communication PEP utilizes with the women and the topics which matched her level of interests like the importance of girls’ education, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).

“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of future”
(Proverbs 31:25)

This fits on her as she want to be the reason for the social change in her village moreover, she also said that she wants to learn, teach children and educate the women of her village as much as she can do.
She wants to create an impact on the young village girls of her village so they could develop a strong sense of confidence and stand up for themselves.

She aims to spread the objective of empowering girls to foster their strength of character,change the way they feel about themselves, and embrace their unique individuality.

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Jamee belongs to a village named as Purkho Patel. Basically, she pertains to a Christian family but her family-in-laws has originated from Hinduism. She is a mother of four children and taking care of them is a huge responsibility for her as she has to look after them, work in the house and labour in the fields. Before joining PEP, She was just a normal house-wife working day and night to fulfil the family’s demands and in the monsoon months she used to collect cotton from fields and gather grass for the cattle which was a very challenging job for her.

She shared her experience of attending WEG trainings in PEP and said “It was a huge opportunity for me to learn, to develop new relationships and to explore the outer world; fundamentally, I learned about women rights, the disadvantages of early marriages, DRR, sanitation and health issues. By taking WEG training I have acquired substantial knowledge about living a meaningful and sincere life and now my aim is to assist my village women to participate in WEG trainings and have a helpful guide by the trainers".

 

In addition to this, she further stated: “By attending such trainings, I have started to believe in my capabilities and my intelligence and adroitness have also strengthened”. Through trainings, my learning capacity developed at a broader prospect as well as I also got to interact with women of other villages which was quite pleasurable for me as I got associated with them. After attending many WEG trainings and by observing my performance I was selected as an Area Officer and together with that, I am very thankful of PEP that they gave me the right set of circumstances to prove my potential and build up faith in my talents and in myself. The Women Empowerment Group taught me a lot of about communal issues and women rights and when I promoted my knowledge about hygiene, issues related to early marriage and cleanliness to my village women they also acknowledged it and told me that they will also implement on it.

 

I only endeavour to achieve success in transforming the lives of women in my village so they could live their life with liberty and in pursuit of happiness.

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