Refugee women, girls to be trained in Karachi


KARACHI (ENN) UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Country Representative in Pakistan Ruvendrini Menikdiwela here on Monday inaugurated the Skill Development Centre for vulnerable Afghan and non-Afghan refugees in collaboration with the Aik Hunar Aik Nagar (AHAN) Project and FNK Asia at Chotta Plaza near Al-Asif square Karachi.

The project focuses on 6 months training in embroidery, home decoration items, thread work, tailoring and jewellery making with initially 100 women and girls to be imparted training, besides will provide artisanal skill training to help them becoming economically self-reliant and empowered.

Menkidiwela said that UNHCR will support the refugee women with market exposure so that they are able to understand current market trends in order to improve their skill work.

While an exhibition to link the artisans with national markets will be arranged. A project like this will have a great impact on the lives of these vulnerable people. Such an initiative will improve the income generating capacity of refugees.

She further said that these services will not only help make refugees self-reliant and empowered in Pakistan but it will also improve their future economic prospects upon return to Afghanistan she added.

Naveed Iqbal Shaikh CEO of AHAN told that the organization working under Ministry of Industries and Production, Government of Pakistan is supporting micro and small enterprises across the country and implementing the project with FNK Asia – a fashion brand in Pakistan.

Pakistan continues to host 1.39 million Afghan Refugees and around 63,000 Afghan refugees are residing in Sindh province, mostly in the provincial capital Karachi.

Lain Hall, Deputy Country Director UNHCR, Urooj Saifi, Qaiser Khan Afridi spokesperson UNHCR, Shazia Mallah of AHAN, Sindh and Large number of local nobles of Afghan refugees and skilled women /girls were also present during the inauguration ceremony.

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