Lahore—The government of Punjab is committed to address gender gaps in dairy sector, said Nasim Sadiq, Secretary Livestock and dairy development department, Punjab. Speaking at the ceremony held at Punjab Civil Secretariat for signing MoU between Plan International Pakistan and Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab, for the initiative “ Rural women’s economic empowerment through enhanced participation in South Punjab’, which is being implemented by Plan International Pakistan with the collaboration of the cooperative department of the government of the government of Punjab, across three districts, Muzaffargarh, Layyah and Vehari, with the financial support of the government of Canada provided through the Global Affairs Canada.
The MoU signing ceremony attended by Moiz Ali, National Programme Manager-livelihood, Plan Pakistan and Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO National Rural Support Programme along with management and officials from government side. He further stressed that the real progress could not be achieved effectively unless existing gender inequalities, power relations and discrimination were tackled head-on by increasing women’s and girls’ social value through gender transformative actions.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Moiz Ali, NPM Plan International Pakistan highlighted: “The Investment in women’s incomes and livelihoods results in a reciprocal impact on a family’s welfare and household poverty. It also creates an opportunity to challenge gender norms by raising the status of women within their household and their communities.” During her address, he stressed the need for collective efforts and coordination between government departments and development partners to work for women’s economic empowerment.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO NRSP termed the project as a great opportunity that will enable women dairy farmers to benefit from improved incomes through improved terms of trades, increase their access and control over assess, and exercise more decision-making power, which will contribute to improving their status in their families and communities. He said the MoU would pave the way to affective implementation and good coordinated efforts by all partners in bringing change.