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“Women already play a key role in Pakistan’s economy therefore strengthening their role in energy will create a real difference in national prosperity,” said Craig VanDevelde, Chief of Party of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Distribution Program.
Craig VanDevelde stated this during a gender equity workshop organized by the USAID to reinforce the role of women in the energy sector here on Thursday.
He said with inflation spiking to 12.7 percent against the 1.4 percent it has been for the past seven years, the single salary of the earning male member can no longer feed a family, thus necessitating women in the professional workforce.
It is becoming imperative to double the number of the female workforce at a rapid pace; in order to achieve this missed opportunities for women must be identified. Further to this it is incumbent to pave the way for improvement of the working environment vis-à-vis gender balance, and instil an atmosphere that accepts women as assets and resources.
The USAID Power Distribution Program is currently holding Gender Equity Training sessions at all Government-owned Power Distribution Companies (DISCOs) of Pakistan. These trainings are in line with the Constitution of Pakistan, which discourages discrimination on the basis of sex and allow for measures to ensure the total participation of women in all spheres of economic life.
“Women’s equality is a prerequisite for the development of any country. The national economy is experiencing important losses because of low participation of women in the economy and this also makes women heavily dependent on their families,” said Craig VanDevelde, Chief of Party, USAID Power Distribution Program “Development of a gender equity strategy for operations in the areas of employment and career development, recruitments and treatment in a work place is a cross-cutting initiative of USAID programs,” he added.