Economic Empowerment of marginalized groups especially women

Currently PAIMAN is operating two skill building institutes (income generation) in Thatta and Islamabad by the name of ‘JWANDOON’ (The Life). Through this initiative, PAIMAN has provided support to more than 400 marginalized women and girls. They receive trainings on home bakery, arts & craft, stitching, embroidery, computer and beautician’s courses. As contributors to the family income, it was found that after going through the Jwandoon courses, women had gained confidence and strength to combat all kinds of violent extremism, conflicts or issues that could affect them in their day to day lives.

Women Empowerment through Livelihood Development: PAIMAN established a skill building institute by the name of JAWANDOON which not only has made the initiative sustainable but is also a best practice that can be replicated by others in the region. Around 436 women have been trained in various life skills along with business development plans, self help group development and knowledge of micro-credit etc. This initiative has given opportunities to those women who had no resources to acquire any kind of knowledge or skill. Of the 436 women, 200 women who scored the highest according to the PAIMANs assessment criteria were given equipment, raw materials and were engaged in production. They were also linked to the market through PAIMAN Jwandoon so that they may independently do business.

Combating extremism through socio-economic empowerment of women is one of PAIMAN’s flagship programmes in which women are given livelihood skills along with life skills and skills of community level peacebuilding to become not only the earning members of their families but also to play a significant role in social cohesion and building peace within their household and community. PAIMAN has also established institutes for skill building and livelihood (income generation) opportunities for marginalized communities especially women by the name of JWANDOON at Charsadda and Swat. Women are being trained in home bakery, stitching, embroidery, gift box making, kitchen garden, poultry, carpentry etc. Through this initiative PAIMAN has provided support to more than 1,400 IDPs especially women from Malakand division who got training on various skills which have proved very beneficial for them after their return to their native towns.

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