Canadian Head of Development Aid called on Fiza Batool Gilani

Islamabad: Ms. Rhonda G. Ehsani, Head of Development Aid in Canadian High Commission in Islamabad, called on Goodwill Ambassador for Women Empowerment, Fiza Batool Gilani today.

The Goodwill Ambassador told Ms. Rhonda that the present leadership of the country, including the President and the Prime Minister, is very committed for the cause of women empowerment and the pro-women legislation passed during the last four years is a testimony to this assertion.

The Goodwill Ambassador thoroughly briefed Ms. Rhonda about a project in connection with the technical and skill development and rehabilitation of female prisoners incarcerated in Pakistani jails. She apprised the Canadian Head of Development about the deplorable condition in which female prisoners find themselves while in jails and how important it is to work for their betterment.

The Goodwill Ambassador apprised Ms. Rhonda that two jails, one from Punjab and the other from Sindh province, will be selected for the pilot project after conducting thorough surveys. Technical and vocational training will be provided to them during the period of their incarceration. Rehabilitation centres will be established where they will be provided rehabilitation assistance so that they become the useful part of society once they complete their terms in jails.

Ms. Rhonda apprised the Goodwill Ambassador about the various programs the Canadian High Commission is undertaking, with the help of NGOs like CARE and KASHF, for the economic empowerment of rural women in Pakistan. She told that these programs have been designed in such a way that these target the most vulnerable sections of women.

Fiza Batool Gilani stressed upon the importance of making Pakistani women aware of the laws that have been framed for the protection and promotion of their rights. She said that a massive media campaign in this connection will be launched soon. Besides TV and newspapers, radio will also be used as a medium for reaching out to those who do not have modern communication facilities. She stressed that message of gender equality should be communicated through plays, cartoons and other softer means of communication.

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