Women empowerment induces sense of self worth in women. It ensures their right to determine choices in their lives, thus giving them power to control their own lives, both within and outside their home. This will help create a more just social and economic order nationally and internationally. A woman has the right to have access to all the opportunities and resources as an equal member of the society. Dr.Mubina Agboatwalla-a child specialist in Karachi does her best to create opportunities for women and girls to expand freedom of choice for them in order to empower them. An empowered woman is the one who is self confident, who critically analyses her environment and exercises control over decisions that affect her life. The idea of empowerment manifests itself at all levels of societal interaction. It is found in giving a voice to the weak and marginalized. It requires having an access to the needed tools and materials for the expansion of capacities.
Procter & Gamble Pakistan partners with HOPE-anNGO in Pakistan in various ventures to create opportunities for women in Pakistan since many years, sharing the same philosophy of women empowerment by giving them training and resources. HOPE and P&G have worked together to empower women in downtrodden areas specifically. HOPE has set up hospitals, schools and vocational centers in Karachi, Thatta, Sujawal and Badin. Only through education and training women will be able to improve their lives. Education and training go side by side each other in giving people power to improve their lives. That is why HOPE has opened so many informal and formal schools and vocational centers throughout Pakistan. This is the first step to bring our society towards a better tomorrow which will take years to show its fruit.
It’s been a decade since HOPE-an educational NGO in Pakistan has been running vocational centers for the underprivileged women of Karachi and rural Sindh. There are many girls who not only get training at HOPE vocational centers but are also enrolled in HOPE schools located in their area. These vocational centers provide training of cutting, sewing, stitching and embroidery. The course is designed to cater the needs of the women at their own pace. Shifts are set in a way that not only the local women but the women from other nearby localities can also come to get training there. They can easily manage their family responsibilities side by side this training. Though travelling across the area is difficult for the women coming for training from distant areas. The training gives them confidence to apply their skills practically. After getting this training many women and girls became able to start their own micro level business by working in their free time at homes. This is how a tiny step can change their lives and eventually the overall living standard of their family. It will result in economic growth of the society.
Due to the partnership between HOPE and P&G, HOPE has been able to set up many successful vocational centers which are playing their role in empowering women and girls and help them getting financial stability.