Punjab Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheed-ud-Din on Saturday said the government was taking revolutionary steps for economic empowerment and betterment of women, who make over 50 per cent of the country’s population. She was addressing the inaugural ceremonies of day-care centres at the Independent University Hospital at Marzipura Narwala Road and Govt College Women University, Madina Town in Faisalabad.
The minister said over Rs 200 million have been spent for construction of 100 day-care centres in different districts of Punjab, while 16 working women hostels had already been set up to facilitate working women. She said that excellent care facilities and play rooms for workingwomen’s children had been provided at these centres and further extension would bring more features and create further capacity.
She said the Punjab chief minister had raised the quota for women in government jobs up to 15% whereas 50% quota had been allocated for women in youth loan scheme. She said that the enactment of women protection law was a remarkable step of the Punjab government to stop violence against women.
Meanwhile, the minister also distributed certificates among women who had completed domestic workers training programme under CM’s women empowerment initiative at Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry.—APP