Stitching, Design and Market Skills
Providing a broad range of skills for economic capacities in a globalized economy. Development of constructive economic capacities that equip rural women with skills that enables her and her family to live in health and with dignity. Special attention is paid to market skills training in order to link female trainees to industry. Offer economic opportunities that contribute to self-sufficiency, participation in decision making and not being dependent on donors.
Livestock Caring Skills
Acknowledging that there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. Tailor multidisciplinary strategies of global best practices to Pakistan local resources, breeds and feedstuffs. Provide training to women living in remote villages. Building sensitivity towards humane practices of caring for animals. Skills to be mindful of quality of feed, managing the diet of livestock and adequate facilities for home-based livestock care. Implement best practices on production of high nutrition food.
Critical Literacy Skills
Use art and design as a medium for creative expression, reflection and action. Turning societal challenges into open-ended questions create opportunities for co-operating learning and crafting an alternative positive future side by side. World of cooperation and collaboration where there is creative friction and discourse of multiple points of view. Through creativity we must reclaim our imaginations. Think beyond gender binaries. To be first and foremost human — to have space to experiment, to make mistakes, to envision and recreate thought and society.
If the women of Pakistan were to work side by side with the men, the economic and social relief that they would induce is far greater than we can imagine. Global research giants such as McKinsey have shown that women in developing countries, if given the chance to earn, will reinvest 90% of their earnings back into their families and homes. Men, on the other hand, reinvest only 40%. The higher re-investment rate essentially means that these women who earn are giving more to their children and their families.
Women with financial power are able to decide on their children’s education, to guide them better and to give them a higher standard of living.
Our local research showed that after just three months of vocational training and employment for economic gains, within six months, more than 51% of the women were investing more into the lives of their children. This means that within six months, more than half of the families were benefitting from the economic earnings of their female members. While this research is localized and time-bound, it shows the difference that small-scale grass-root level change can bring.