With women facing early forced marriage and honour killings, Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be born female. In rural areas Y Care International is supporting the most disadvantaged young women into work. And out of poverty.
About the project
Y Care International and our dedicated partners Community World Service Asia have been working together to help disadvantaged young women from 22 villages in Sindh province, Pakistan to become economically empowered within their families and their communities.
Female artisans have been learning in-demand embroidery skills and basic literacy and numeracy skills to help them in the Pakistani marketplace.
The project has upskilled hundreds of women in rural villages helping to improve their livelihoods and, through additional gender awareness sessions, men from Umerkot districts are also starting to engage with the issues that affect women in their community.
The country’s history
With is of Pakistan’s population made up of young people aged between 15 and 24, creating opportunities the country’s youth to work their way out of poverty and lead a healthy life is essential.
Young women face particular challenges in Pakistan, often finding it hard to participate in income earning activities due to conservative cultural and religious values. Although women in Pakistan face particular challenges, more than one in every five people live on less than 97p a day.
This makes Pakistan the poorest country in South Asia and has led to widespread hunger and malnutrition. High levels of poverty are compounded by frequent disasters including floods, droughts, earthquakes and conflict.
Our work in Pakistan
Y Care International works in Pakistan in partnership with Community World Service Asia. We work together to support women in Umerkot district in Sindh Province – a particularly poor area of Pakistan – to earn more and have a say in their futures.
We involve both men and women in work to understand and address gender inequality. This ensures young women have the skills and confidence to speak up and claim their rights, and men respect them.
What have we achieved?
722 disadvantaged young women have developed improved sewing and traditional embroidery skills, received basic numeracy and literacy skills learning to write their name and identify numbers
480 of these young women are engaged in 42 Women Enterprise Groups (WEGs) to work together as a team to manage embroidery orders
As a result of work by gender activists, men are allowing women to conduct economic activities such as market visits and meetings with buyers; 20 girls have been enrolled in school; 36 child marriages have been postponed; and 5 cases of domestic abuse have been identified
The average income has increased by 141% with the average income for families is now £114 per month
1800 men participated in gender equality and awareness sessions