NAMA, UNHCR to give vocational training to Afghan refugee women

Published: March 19, 2019
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10,000 women refugees are expected to be engaged in training programme by 2020. PHOTO: AFP

10,000 women refugees are expected to be engaged in training programme by 2020. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed an agreement to support local and Afghan refugee women in Pakistan.

According to the agreement, Afghan women refugees along with local women would receive training on how to make handicrafts and along with other technical and vocational training.

The year-long project will include some 150 Afghan refugees who will be tasked to transfer the learned skill to others and up to 10,000 women refugees are expected to be engaged in the training programme by 2020.

The UNHCR’s Representative in Pakistan Ruvendrini Menikdiwela said the government of Pakistan had wholeheartedly embraced the Afghan refugees who have faced continuous difficulties since the past four decades. She added that the programme would help mitigate issues faced by women refugees and their families. She informed that this programme was a beta version which would be expanded in the future.

The NAMA Director in Pakistan Reem Bin Karam said that NAMA would keep aiding 1.4 million people in Pakistan to improve their financial and social status.

She said that they were currently working in different parts of the country to help women refugees develop their skills and pledged that the mission would be enhanced with time. The UAE Deputy Head of Mission also participated in the ceremony.

NAMA visits NUST

A high profile delegation from NAMA Women Advancement Establishment visited the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) on Monday. NAMA has been working towards creating enabling environments to advance gender equity and inclusive economic and social growth. Through its three affiliates, Sharjah Business Women Council, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, and Badiri Education and Development Academy, NAMA designs and implements initiatives that support women across the economic, professional and social sectors. 

Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2019.

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