LAHORE: Being a voice of female victims of violence and providing them a chance to restart their lives, the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) inaugurated a transitional home for women victims of violence here Friday at Darul Falah, Social Welfare Complex Township.
PCSW Chairperson Fauzia Viqar, Social Welfare Department Secretary Haroon Rafiq and several female victims of violence were also present on occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the PCSW chairperson said that economic growth and development couldn't be attained without active participation of women, who constitute approximately 50% of the population of Punjab. He elaborated that the core aim of the transitional home for women victims of violence was to enable survivors of violence to be self-sufficient and facilitate their reintegration into society, through provision of skill development trainings.
"Such trainings will be provided by technical and vocational skills development institutions, including the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA), Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC), Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF), Pakistan Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute (PRGTTI)," she said.
She appreciated non-government partners, including Nishat Textiles, Kashf Foundation and Idara-Ilm-o-Hunr, for supporting the project. She explained that there was a vibrant and professional project team comprising a manager, coordinator, doctor and a teacher to achieve project's objectives.
Haroon Rafiq said that the collaboration between the PCSW and the Social Welfare Department had resulted in provision of better facilities for women. He appreciated PCSW efforts for promotion of women's economic empowerment.
Project Manager Zainab Jafri briefed attendees about the project. She acknowledged support from Bali Memorial Trust for providing recreational and extra-curricular facilities to resident women's children.