A webinar on the role of skilled women in national prosperity

ISLAMABAD – During a webinar, experts highlighted the removal of gender parity for skills development in the labor market, as this would not only ensure socio-economic development, especially of populations low income, but would also contribute significantly to national economic stability.

The webinar “Gender Parity in TVET for the Socio-Economic Outlook of Pakistan” was organized by the TVET Sector Support Program funded by the European Union (SSP), Germany and the Norwegian embassy here on Friday.

The objective of the event was to focus on the inclusion of women in the labor market through skills development and to sensitize the general public to the importance of technical education and vocational training for that women enter and excel in the labor market.

TVET SSP was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close cooperation with the National Commission for Vocational Training and technical (NAVTTC), Technical education and vocational training authorities (TEVTA) and a large number of private sector organizations.

The webinar touched on the themes of gender balance, equality, improving access and quality of vocational training as well as the challenges that real life faces that lead to the ‘gender incomparability in TVET as well as in the labor market.

Markus Strohmeier, Managing Director and CEO of Siemens Pakistan, Tobias Becker, Country Director of GIZ, Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir, Senior Vice President of FPCCI and others participated in the webinar.

Giving his expert opinion in the webinar, Markus Strohmeier said that public-private partnership in SSP TVET is the way forward for the inclusion of women. “This initiative is the way to hone their skills, compete and achieve their goals,” he explained.

Addressing the audience, Tobias Becker highlighted the role of GIZ Pakistan on behalf of German Development Cooperation in implementing TVET reforms in Pakistan. He said: “GIZ Pakistan, in partnership with NAVTCC, is successfully implementing the TVET SSP and is delighted to see the positive results of this program”,

He also mentioned that Pakistanis are ready to upgrade their skills and compete in the international labor market for better returns.

Moreover, he revealed that of the 50,000 graduates of SSP TVET, more than 30 percent of them are women. This clearly demonstrates that women can be successful in gender-inclusive TVET.

In his remarks, Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir said that everyone should play their part for Pakistan to develop and acquire sustainability in social and economic aspects. “It is essential to provide women with specific pathways to access new opportunities and to facilitate a strong participation of women in the labor market,” he said.

In the webinar, moderator Sonia Omair, GIZ Pakistan Development Communication Advisor, discussed the importance of gender parity in TVET for Pakistan’s socio-economic outlook. She said that the technically trained young people, and in particular more women, contributing to the labor market will lead to a bright future for the country.

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