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BISP, UN Women sign MoU on women empowerment, tackle gender equality

Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UN Women on expanding social protection coverage through improvement in women empowerment and gender equality.

The MoU was signed by the Country Representative UN Women Jamshed Kazi and BISP DG Shahid Gul Qureshi in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Under this MoU, both partners will take on joint ventures related to gender equality, Violence against Women and Women Economic Empowerment.

Under the MoU, BISP beneficiaries will be linked to relevant UN Women projects to benefit from its social protection services. BISP and UN women will launch joint campaigns for the commemoration of key international days on women rights and spread awareness on key women empowerment subjects in BISP population.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon stated that BISP is a social safety net with prime focus on financial inclusion of women and the only central point for women empowerment in the entire country.

She said besides providing cash assistance to 5.3 million women, BISP is engaged in raising awareness on issues of vital importance among its beneficiary community.

She was confident that the partnership with UN Women would further strengthen empowerment initiative of BISP that plans to educate BISP women on women rights, nutrition, mother and child health, sanitation, basic finance, entrepreneurship empowering them to make better-informed decisions.

Source: Pakistan Today

Byline: Web Desk

November 23, 2016

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