Sindh Minister for Women Development Department, Syed Shela Raza has said that the Government of Sindh is taking practical steps for social, economic and political empowerment of women so that they could contribute to the development of society.
She was addressing the distribution ceremony of health insurance cards and launching of e-shops for home-based workers ceremony jointly organised by UN Women, Home Net and Women Development Department Sindh recently at local hotel in Karachi.
Syed Shela Raza further said that women development department is fully support and assistance to the women segment organization for providing facilities and needs to Women, UN Women, Home Net and others would be given full cooperation. She also congratulated them to hold such an important program for the needy women and home based workers in Sindh. Sindh is unique province in the Pakistan for working positively for the women and home based workers.
Dr. Umme Laila Rizvi, Senior Women Activists & Economist briefing about the project informed that the project aimed at providing ‘social security’ cover to the workers not registered by the government or any of the associated facilities hoped that HBW regularization adopted in Sindh in May 2018 would be streamlined soon.
She further revealed that there is urgency to realize health related challenges faced by HBWs working in difficult condition that are established to compromise their health status. The scheme was initiated after series of studies conducted by HomeNet in coordination with Aga Khan University and several other reputable institutions. Premium for the insurance, ranged between Rs 2000 to Rs 14,000 was said to be paid by the HomeNet and that it would encompass eye related complications, particularly cataract, orthopedic and skeletal deformities due to long hours of work requiring a peculiar positioning (mainly arthritis), hormonal disorder (as diabetes) and several other conditions linked to environment.
Sharing the details of the Scheme Naheed Syed said that in Karachi only 80 e-Shops are being developed for HBWs, already provided opportunities to enhance their skills in accordance to international standards through networking with the country’s association of ready-made garment manufacturers and other relevant organizations. Focus was said to be equally made towards financial learning and relevant capacity building of transgenders and women home based workers from far flung areas of the metropolis including its Musharraf Colony in Hub area, Korangi, Hijrat Colony, Orangi Town etc besides Mirpur Sakro in Thatta.