The government has disclosed the “50 percent Plus Benefits” policy for women in the framework of Ehsaas to empower them, said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar.
Corresponding to the side-lines of the 76th UNGA, the Government of Pakistan held the high-level event on “Uplifting women and girls through access to education, financial inclusion, and economic empowerment” in association with the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
While depicting the picture of the government of Pakistan for the women and girls agenda, Dr. Sania told the members of the event, “Our government pronounced the “50% plus benefits” policy for women in the framework of Ehsaas”.
Adding, she said, “In Ehsaas, our rigorous mechanism of tracking indicators and the culture of delivery is what has enabled us to make progress on gender equality and the practice of using disaggregated data for remedial action.”
In addition, elaborating the theme of the event she also claimed, “Women contribute nearly half the population of our country and as a government, we are deeply conscious that their contributions, their talent, skills, capabilities, and leadership acumen stand to contribute significantly towards national development. There has been progressing in gender-related indicators such as political representation where women have 25% representation in our parliament.”
The SAPM acceded that women and girls make an integral part of everything we do. “Ehsaas cash transfer program, Kafaalat puts cash exclusively in the hands of 8 million women.”
Besides this, SAPM also highlighted the Ehsaas’s feminocentrism work, “To incentivize girls’ education, Ehsaas grants a higher stipend for girls through its education conditional cash transfer programme through higher secondary school levels; the programme has nationwide outreach and children of all Ehsaas families are eligible. We have also introduced a ‘graduation stipend’ for girls completing the 5th grade to address the issue of girls dropping out of school.”