Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM), has stated that 12 million women are beneficiaries of the Ehsaas cash program this year and that more than three-quarters of the total Ehsaas benefits are distributed to women and girls under the Ehsaas 50 percent + benefits policy.
On Tuesday, she shared her thoughts at the opening ceremony of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Bilateral Dialogue on “Women for Peace Initiative — Road to an Inclusive Future,” which was organized by the Regional Peace Institute (RPI).
There were a number of renowned women delegates from Afghanistan who attended the debate, including Raoof Hasan, CEO of RPI; Per Albert Ilsaas, Ambassador of Norway; Sharmeela Rassool, UN Women Country Representative for Pakistan; and Per Albert Ilsaas, Ambassador of Norway.
Dr. Sania extended a warm welcome to renowned women delegates from Afghanistan and emphasized the necessity of mainstreaming women into the socio-economic mainstream in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
She reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to empowering underprivileged women, stating that more than 142,000 need and merit-based scholarships have been awarded in the last two years through the Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarships program, with strictly half of all scholarships reserved for female students.
She also stated that the Ehsaas interest-free loans for poverty graduation program aim to reach 14.7 million helpless people in four years, with half of them being women. She also stated that 60 percent of small livelihood assets have been allocated to women under the four-year Ehsaas Aamdan program, enabling approximately 1.4 million people to break free from the shackles of poverty.
The prominent women delegates from Afghanistan expressed their willingness to collaborate on a variety of issues related to their shared ambitions for poverty reduction and women’s empowerment.