BISP holds first women empowerment conference


Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) on Sunday organized the first Women Empowerment Conference to draw a framework for empowering women, by helping them play pro-active role in the society.

Addressing participants of the conference, BISP Chairperson, Marvi Memon said the main focus was to take BISP beneficiaries committees (BBCs) on one platform in order to replicate internationally successful women empowerment programmes in Pakistan.

Memon said that all the concerned quarters would be taken on board to achieve this objective.

During the brainstorming session, participants praised the efforts of BISP for poor women of the country and gave their input for its improvement.

It was discussed that BISP may coordinate with organizations that are already undertaking projects for women’s empowerment. Through this coordination, financial and educational support to women might be initiated. The institutional coordination might also be made successful by social mobilization and promoting the concept of women leaders.

It was also discussed that the areas in which beneficiaries of the programme had abundance of certain products like milk and dates, might be identified. These beneficiaries could then be connected to the markets and a market place could also be allocated for them where they could showcase their products for sale.

The brainstorming session also discussed that the feedback of women included in BBCs on their problems could help to design projects which could address their issues related to education, health and finances.

A project entitled “Zero Hunger Programme” under National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) was also discussed.