Major Interventions: Women Empowerment

Women’s Entrepreneurship Training

Two training sessions were conducted with females in target areas of Lahore to make detergent powder and shampoo for clothes. The participants were educated on how to make cloth detergent powder and shampoo as well as when raw materials could be purchased. As support material for starting their small businesses, participants received raw materials for making laundry detergent powder and shampoo after the training session. The parish team of Anarkali Church supported us in organizing these training.

Motivational Session for Women Entrepreneur

A motivational session on small businesses for young girls and women at the skill development center was organized to share problems and issues. It was also organized to gather relevant learning from successful entrepreneurs by sharing their experiences. This session was designed to give girls and women the opportunity to build their confidence and equip them with the skills they need to create success in their own businesses.

Celebration of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was celebrated at the National Secretariat of Caritas Pakistan along with all diocesan units. The objective was to raise awareness that women have equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities. They have a rightful place in all walks of life in society and are equal to men. This is especially relevant in countries like Pakistan where women are often denied the same opportunities as men. International Women’s Day reminds us that all people should have the same access to education, healthcare, employment, and other resources regardless of gender.

Women Leadership and Development Training

Women’s leadership and development training aims at empowering and inspiring women leaders. It supports current women leaders from different fields of life, students as well as aspiring women village committee leaders, to improve the larger national population’s awareness and perception of the role of women in development as effective decision-makers at home and on other platforms to demonstrate their leadership abilities and dynamism in advocating for different issues.

Through these initiatives, women gain confidence in their capabilities and believe in their leadership potential. The training also helps them identify and develop the skills needed to be effective leaders. These skills include communication and people management, as well as strategic thinking.

Additionally, the training provides resources and support to help women navigate different contexts and become more effective advocates for their causes.

Women Farmer Conference

The conference was a reaffirmation of Caritas Pakistan’s commitment to women empowerment through learning, facilitating and appreciating their efforts. Caritas Pakistan has continually invested its energy and resources for ensuring participation of women at different levels for their growth and development. Women farmers, tenants, women entrepreneurs and volunteers participated in the conference. The conference emphasized the need for technical skills and education for women. It also emphasized interventions by Caritas Pakistan for women’s empowerment, climate change effects, and social and psychological issues for women. The conference highlighted how technical training and Caritas Pakistan’s interventions can help women address social and psychological issues and achieve overall empowerment.

Material Support to Women for Income Generation

Sewing machines and handicraft materials were distributed to women to start income-generating activities. This support will focus on a wide range of vocational skills, including small business management and information technology. Ideally, the centers would be run by local women. Once women become economically empowered, they will have a better chance of social empowerment. This will provide them with the opportunity to become self-sufficient. This in turn will have a positive impact on their families and the wider community. It will also reduce poverty and inequality.

Annanias Rehabilitation Center for Visually Impaired Females

Caritas Pakistan assists these women with the following these facilities:

  • Formal education (Primary level)
  • Vocational training
  • Braille literacy education
  • Daily living skills training
  • Independent mobility (use of white cane)

Awareness Session on Sanitation and Personal Hygiene

Safe water and hygiene for women can reduce the risk of infections and death for infants and mothers by up to 25 percent. Sanitation for women, safe water access, and improved hygiene save their lives and their infants, reducing maternal and infant deaths dramatically. Caritas Pakistan conducted awareness sessions on hygienic practices among women. The sessions focused on topics such as safe water storage. The sessions were designed to reduce health risks associated with poor hygiene practices among women.

Income Generating through Poultry Raising Scheme

Caritas Pakistan has taken the initiative to economically support rural women as they could sell hens and eggs in the village to generate money for themselves. The ultimate goal of this scheme was to enable these women to generate income by selling eggs and hens and also to ensure their health, which would contribute to improving their economic situation. This scheme not only helps women generate income but also provides access to health services. Additionally, it helps to create a better livelihood for women in rural areas, as they can use the money they earn to buy other necessities such as food.

Training of Traditional Birth Attendants Project

  • The purpose of this training is to improve the knowledge of traditional birth attendants on safe motherhood and neonatal care.
  • Also to improve skills towards safe delivery and neonatal care.
  • Precautions during pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding and children’s benefits

Skill Development and Training Center

Caritas Pakistan inaugurated a skills development and training center for women to defeat unemployment. The center offers courses on dress designing and tailoring, basic computer skills, and English language learning. The course will empower women by providing skills-based education. These centers aim to reduce unemployment, increase productivity, improve standards of living, and develop and update their skills to make economic sense. This program is designed to provide them with the necessary resources to become economically independent. By providing skills-based education, the center helps break down gender-based employment barriers that prevent women from economic success.

Disaster Management Committees

 Disaster management committees have been developed at the village level with 50% of women members. The role of the committee is to plan the process of disaster management in the village. It carries out significant tasks such as warnings, evacuation and response, first aid, damage assessment, water and sanitation, shelter, relief and rehabilitation, and psychosocial counseling.

The committee also works to strengthen the community’s resilience to disasters by advocating for risk-reduction strategies, such as early warning systems and evacuation plans. They also provide training to village members on disaster preparedness and response.

Women Conferences

1st Women Conference

  Caritas Pakistan urged empowering women by boosting its female workforce—three days’ conferences October 22nd – 24th, 2014 organized by Caritas Pakistan at Sargodha Institute of Technology. More than 200 women from all over the country participated in it. Caritas empowers women. They can create positive change in their lives, and societies because they are critical contributors to the economy.

Women are an untapped resource for the economy and society at large. They can fill critical roles in the workforce, make positive changes for their families, and create more equitable communities. By providing women with the tools and resources necessary to participate in the workforce, Caritas is helping to create a more equal and prosperous future for all.

2nd Women Conference

Caritas organized women entrepreneurship programs for unskilled women in Layyah, Muzaffargarh, and Multan. Caritas Pakistan Karachi organized sewing training for unskilled girls at a skill development center in Meer Khan Goth. Through this training, women entrepreneurs can make a significant contribution to our society and an emerging trend globally. Training and access to resources are needed to expand entrepreneurship. Empowering women to step outside and giving them an insight into the real world can benefit future generations.

This training will help build a stronger and more resilient economy. It will also open up more job opportunities for women, not just in the domestic market but also in the international market. Finally, it will help to reduce poverty and gender inequality.

3rd Women Conference

Caritas Pakistan organized the 3rd women’s conference from August 16th – 18th, 2016 under the theme “Empowering Women: Empowering Pakistan” in Lahore. The conference aimed at bringing together women to promote entrepreneurship programs across the country. It also provided a platform to voice their issues and gather relevant learning from one another. Caritas Pakistan has some key action points. These include mobilizing women for climate change, training other women, gaining and disseminating information to other women, and promoting sustainable agriculture and home-grown vegetables for minimizing malnutrition and food security.

The conference also focused on enhancing gender equality, women’s rights, and promoting gender-responsive governance. It also highlighted the need for increased financial inclusion of women and better access to resources.

4th Women Conference

The 4th women’s conference supported by Caritas Austria and hosted by Caritas Pakistan was from October 10th – 12th, 2017. It was under the theme “Sustainable Agriculture: Sustainable Development”. The conference reaffirmed Caritas Pakistan’s commitment to women’s empowerment through learning, facilitating, and appreciating their efforts. Caritas Pakistan has continually invested its energy and resources in ensuring women’s participation at different levels for their growth and development. This conference was conducted to provide them with an opportunity to learn, share their best practices, and acknowledge their services. The conference emphasized the need for technical skills and education for women. It also emphasizes interventions by Caritas Pakistan for women’s empowerment, climate change effects, and women’s social and psychological issues. The conference also discussed how to create a safe, secure, and equal work environment for women and advocated for better access to resources and services that support women’s rights and health. It concluded with the importance of women’s engagement in policy-making and decision-making.

5th Women Conference

The 5th women’s conference was organized by Caritas Pakistan in collaboration with Caritas Austria. Caritas Pakistan inaugurated the program on March 16th, 2019. The conference called for women’s empowerment by providing them with educational opportunities and skills-based training at home and workplace so that they can grow and contribute to society and national development. The concept of human rights is critical to the development of people at Caritas Pakistan. Even an uneducated mother can play a crucial role in her children’s upbringing. To support this concept, Caritas Pakistan launched the program to provide women with the necessary education and skills for their development. They also provide support for the unemployed and vulnerable women of the communities. This is so that they can become self-reliant and independent, and make a meaningful contribution to society.

6th Women Conference

Caritas Pakistan organized the 6th women’s conference from October 4th – 5th, 2019 under the theme “Empowering Women is the only choice”. The conference affirms Caritas Pakistan’s commitment to women’s empowerment through learning, facilitating, and appreciating their efforts.  This conference was conducted to provide them with an opportunity to learn, share their best practices, and acknowledge their services. The conference focused on Caritas Pakistan’s role in women’s development. It also featured facts about women’s development in Pakistan, and plenary sessions with input from women. It’s time to celebrate women’s achievements and dedicate this day to all women and to further encourage them to come up with great work.

We must create an environment of respect, safety, and equal opportunities for women. We must also provide access to resources and education that will help them to reach their full potential. Finally, we must recognize their efforts and empower them to create a better future.

7th Women Conference

Caritas Pakistan urged the development of the country’s women by boosting its female workforce. The conference was organized on December 10th, 2020 under the theme of “Gender Equality must become a reality”. The conference focused on the role that Caritas Pakistan plays in the development of women. In addition, there were plenary sessions with input from women on women’s development in Pakistan.

Let’s celebrate women’s achievements and dedicate this day to all women and help them continue to create exemplary work. 

8th Women Conference

November 11th, 2021, marked the 8th annual women’s conference. The conference empowers women by promoting their sense of self-worth, their ability to determine their own choices, and their rights to influence social change for themselves and others. Caritas Pakistan wants to promote women’s leadership in our organization and women will be given equal empowerment opportunities. The women representatives shared the role of women in eviction, agriculture, emergency, family, economic growth, business, and education.

The conference offered a platform for women to voice their opinions, share them, and exchange ideas. It also provided a safe space for women to discuss their experiences, challenges, and solutions. Furthermore, the conference included training and workshops to equip women with the necessary skills and knowledge to become active participants in change in their communities.

9th Women Conference

Caritas Pakistan organized the 9th women’s conference on December 8th, 2022. The conference affirms Caritas Pakistan’s commitment to women’s empowerment through learning, facilitating, and appreciating their efforts. This conference was conducted to provide them with an opportunity to learn, share their best practices, and acknowledge their services. It is an unparalleled opportunity to meet other influential women in different fields. Seeing real-life examples of other successful women can point us in the right direction.

By providing these women with a platform to share their knowledge and experiences, the conference helps to inspire and motivate others to pursue their goals. Seeing successful role models can be a powerful source of motivation, and the conference aims to create that kind of atmosphere. By attending the conference, women can also network with professionals in their field, and gain valuable insight into the industry. This can open up career opportunities and help them to grow their business. It also allows them to share their own experiences and advice with others.