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ISLAMABAD, Jun 17 (APP): Ministry for Information Technology
(IT) is establishing 150 Women Empowerment Centers at Pakistan
Bait-ul-mal (PBM) as part of ICT for Girls project.

These centers are being equipped with state of the art computer labs and broadband infrastructure, said a press release.

At these centers thousands of young girls from disadvantaged
background will be trained by Microsoft led programme.

The Digital Skills programme by Microsoft comprises of 4 Cs
including computing, coding, and communication and coaching to
increase their employability potential.

Under this programme first phase of training by Microsoft is
completed, through which 100 Master Trainers from all across
Pakistan have been trained.

As part of Phase I, establishment of computer labs with allied
broadband infrastructure for 50 empowerment centers are in process
to be placed.

Minister for IT, Mrs. Anusha Rahman said, Present Government
is committed towards an all inclusive society with enhanced
empowerment of women through a well structured enabling environment that could guarantee their financial autonomy.

We are conscious of our social responsibility. Through technological capacity building, the women and girls under this program shall prove to be great asset for the economic engine of the country.

MD PBM Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh said that various steps
have been taken for the renovation and up-gradation of Women
Empowerment Centers during last three years.

He said that this program intends to empower women through
Information and Communication Technologies. The initiative
exerted considerable efforts to enhance ICT technical capabilities
of women, develop their entrepreneurial capabilities in order to
promote their social and economic empowerment.

While expressing his gratitude to Ministry of Information Technology, USF and Microsoft, Barrister Abid Waheed underlined the significance of realizing collective responsibility in finding out the key solution for comprehensive development, poverty eradication and the empowerment of disadvantaged groups.