The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government is committed to empower women and advance progress towards ending gender disparities in the province with an effective implementation of its Women Empowerment Policy (WEP) 2017. KP’s Women Empowerment Policy substantiates the government’s strong commitment towards dealing with challenges in the way to achieving women’s empowerment, said Mr. Abdul Ghafoor Shah, Director Social Welfare, Special Education, Women Empowerment Department (SWWED) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while addressing the orientation session on WEP 2017, jointly arranged by the SWWED and UN Women Pakistan.
The orientation session, attended by representatives from relevant provincial government departments and civil society stakeholders, aimed to accelerate implementation of the WEP 2017.
Mr. Ghafoor Shah acknowledged and appreciated UN Women for its invaluable contribution and support in developing the province’s first Women Empowerment Policy, and reiterated the government’s commitment to implement the policy effectively.
“Women Empowerment is a cross-cutting and cross sectoral theme and the policy serves as a guiding document for harmonizing the government’s efforts in the administrative, legislative, judicial and political spheres to ensure equal opportunities for women and eliminate barriers that hinder women from benefiting equally from the social and economic empowerment opportunities.”
“Knowing the importance of women empowerment and the government’s responsibilities towards it, the department of Social Welfare will provide monitoring and reporting support to measure progress on the policy both for government and donor funded projects implemented in the province,” the Director concluded.