Female comprise about half of the population in Pakistan and in remote areas such as Gilgit-Baltistan, the women folk has absolutely no role in socio-economic uplift of the community. Activities of women are limited to household work or farming and men are the sole contributer of revenue generation. The economic situation gets worse in families, where male counterpart is unemployed.
KIDF, through its project of Women Vocational Training Institute, has established three vocational training centres in Two Tehsils of District Gilgit with assistance from Australian High Commission Islamabad. These Vocational Training Centres are imparting training of cloth stitching, embroidery, interior designing and women craft to girls and women of the region.As pert of the project, 400 women were imparted necessary training and they were connected to the market for earning livelihood for their families. A display centre has been established at each centre for Sale/Purchase of the items made at the centre as well as the home based women entrepreneurs. This vocational training has equipped them with skills to establish small scale home based entrepreneurships in cloth designing and stitching, hand & machine embriodary, netting and making interior decore items with recycleable materials. The trained women are now empowered economically and earn the livelihood for themselves and for their household. As a result, the women contribute positively for the society at large. In future, KIDF intends to expand its work to other far flung and impoverished regions of Pakistan and help the women to play their role in building a prosperous society.
After running Women Vocational Training Centers in Gilgit District for four sessions in different villages, KIDF Pakistan has started its work of imparting Vocational Training to the Women in District Diamer. Two villages of District Diamer Goharabad and Gais has been selected for the first phase of intervention in Women Economic Empowerment in collaboration with Central Asia Institute Gilgit.