KARACHI MARCH 04: Sindh Minister for Women Development, Syeda Shahla Raza said that 40 goal girls successfully completed vocational training to gain employment opportunities would allow thousands of domestic skilled women across the province to access the markets besides furthering their skills.


Addressing a ceremony organized by Standard Chartered Pakistan, in partnership with Right to Play to recognize girls from underserved areas that have been trained to become future economic leaders in their communities.


Syeda Shehla Raza said that workers and skilled women were playing vital role in national and provincial development. It was imperative that we take further steps to address gender equality. Under the Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strength Support (SCCESS) program, the Sindh government was providing support to more than 2 million skilled women, while plans to expand the program to 7 million women in the future was underway.


Syeda Shahla Raza said that through the SCCESS program, domestic skilled and poor women were being financially stabilized and steps were being taken to ensure employment for them.


She added that under this program, skilled women were also being provided technical and vocational training with financial support to start the business. In addition, training was also provided for the manufacture and design of the items as per the requirement of the market so that the manufacture of the items may be made according to the contemporary requirements.


Commenting on the ceremony Mr. Shazad Dada, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan said: “I am very proud of these girls who have graduated today through our Goal Employability module. There is massive hidden potential waiting to be unlocked for the youth, specifically girls, across the country. We hope to provide them with the right tools and knowledge that will enable them make informed choices as they move into adulthood, and to empower them to be more active economic participants in their communities. Through this initiative, we hope that these girls become trailblazers for the future generations to become independent and contribute to the Pakistan economy”.


Goal’s training curriculum is based on five modules: ‘Be Money Savvy’ focuses on financial education (how to save, invest and open a bank account); ‘Be Yourself’ imparts effective communication skills; ‘Be Healthy’ builds knowledge on health and hygiene; ‘Be Empowered’ teaches girls how to be confident, authentic and stand up for their rights; and ‘Be Independent’ focuses on providing vocational training to girls to enable them to be financially empowered.