The government will set up a vocational training centre for women in Bajaur Agency to help them learn income-generating skills and earn respectable livelihood, said the head of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Marvi Memon.
Speaking to a tribal jirga on her visit to the area on Sunday, she said the federal government wanted to improve the living standards of the tribal people.
Poverty levels in Fata are higher than in other parts of the country where the BISP provides a Rs1,500 monthly financial assistance to the poorest of poor of the society.
Marvi added that apart from providing vocational training, the government will also extend interest-free loans so that women in Fata can start their own businesses.
Marvi said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb has not only brought peace but also paved way for empowering of womenfolk in the tribal areas.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2016.