SIALKOT (ENN) In Sialkot, a local NGO, with the support by “National Endowment for Democracy (NED)” has begun implementation on the project titled “Women’s Political Empowerment Programme in Sialkot (Punjab) Pakistan”.
The initiative aims at sensitizing and mobilizing the volunteers and respective communities at forty (40) selected locations in Sialkot district’s all the four Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils by improving their knowledge, information and awareness for pragmatically advancing the process of women’s political empowerment on sustainable basis.
The representative of “Baidarie-Sialkot” Arshad Mehmood Mirza told ENN that the selected women and girls having interest, potential and track record of performance will be adequately trained to act as election/polling agents so that election process may move forward smoothly without any malpractices.
He added that all of the trained volunteers and women activists will run campaign in their respective localities to increase women voters’ turn out by twenty (20%) percent against a bench mark of forty (40%) percent in May 2013 to a level of sixty (60%) percent of women voters turn out in general elections due to be held on July 25, 2018.
At the impact level, successful implementation of the project in a time span of twelve (12) months is expected to evolve a measurable, describable and replicable model of women’s political empowerment to display that meticulously designed initiatives can make positive difference in promoting democratic norms, values & traditions and fostering a culture of respect of women’s democratic rights – the direct contributors towards achievement of the targets set in the Beijing Platform for Action, the CEDAW and Pakistan’s constitutional requirements, he narrated.