Pakistan Partner Paving the Way for Women’s Empowerment

The Cosaraf Foundation’s lead partner in Pakistan, the Fahmida Begum Foundation, have launched their new Women’s Empowerment Programme in partnership with Seed Ventures.

Pakistan has a population of 220 million people, of whom 49 % are female, but their participation in the economy, decision and policy-making is quite low. According to the latest World Economic Forum Report, Pakistan has been ranked as the second-worst country in terms of gender parity, placing 145 out of 146 states.

There are a number of reasons that make women push behind in taking part in the formal labour force, one of the significant ones is low levels of education- a key barrier to women’s participation in the formal labour force, which unfortunately has been stagnating for a long time. Due to their lack of literacy, most women cannot find opportunities to progress and provide their families with a reasonable standard of living.

To provide community-based women, an equal chance to learn, earn and grow, with our support, the Fahmida Begum Foundation has partnered with  for a three-year Women Empowerment Program with an ambitious slogan, ‘empowered women, empowered Pakistan’.


Under this program, women of Mehran Town will get a chance to learn basic literacy training through technological intervention, skill development and entrepreneurial training to help develop their learning acumen.  All these programs run under the Fahmida Begum Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for Women Empowerment- CEWE, where young, motivated and committed community women get all the support to beat the circle of poverty around and help themselves and their families an equal chance of enhancing their true potential.

Last week, they launched the program activities with an orientation session, joined by over 90 females. The team of SEED Ventures briefed them about the program activities and explained to them their required level of effort as well as the learning milestones they have to meet.

From November 2022, all registered women will be invited to the classes, held on the premises of our Foundation. This is an outstanding program that has been designed considering the problems of community women in mind and providing them with modern tech-based solutions for their equal participation in the economy.

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