BISP invites leading sportswomen to inspire female beneficiaries


Islamabad—Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Marvi Memon Wednesday said the government was fully committed to create an environment where women were respected and felt elevated and empowered.
She said BISP was an internationally recognized model social safety net program that provided a unique forum for empowerment to the poorest women.
Marvi stated this while addressing an event organized at BISP Secretariat under “Sisters in Success” initiative where Mehak Gul and Kiran Khan were invited to interact with beneficiaries and their children, said a press release issued here.
“Sisters in Success” is a BISP initiative to encourage ideal generation and success transfer to motivate the BISP beneficiaries.
Events under “Sisters in Success” initiative provide an opportunity to poor women beneficiaries and their children to draw inspiration from interaction with accomplished women.
This initiative brings international and national women role models in front of beneficiaries to instill hope and motivation so they may break the shackles of poverty and emerge empowered in true sense.
Mehak Gul, a Guiness World Record holder is the youngest chess player from Pakistan to grab the title of ‘Women Candidate Master’ at World Chess Olympiad 2016.
Mehak, a 16 years old girl achieved this feat at 42nd World Chess Olympiad.
She is representing Pakistan in international events since 12 years of age.
She aspires to become Chess Grand Master.
Kiran Khan is first female international swimmer for Pakistan.
She first came to national attention at the 28th Pakistan National Games in 2001.
She has represented Pakistan at the Olympics and other international forums.
She brought 64 international medals to the country and has 347 national gold medals on her record.
She was bestowed Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2014.
Mehak Gul and Kiran Khan while narrating their success journey highlighted that they were pioneers in their respective fields.
It was a tough journey as there was no precedent but they never gave up and emerged victorious holding up the national flag. They encouraged the beneficiaries that life may be difficult but not impossible.
They should try their best to overcome the miseries of poverty.
They appreciated BISP’s efforts for the downtrodden and marginalized segments of society.
Both champions conveyed their concerns to Ms Memon regarding lack of patronage from government and shortage of funds because of which they were unable to participate in number of international events. The minister assured them that she would take up the matter with the Prime Minister and the concerned ministry.—APP