With the help of a biometric system, hundred mothers in Karachi would receive Rs.8,000 each month to help fund the education of their daughters.
In Karachi, the federal government has started a program to assist widowed mothers from the unprivileged parts of society with the education of their daughter.
Initial beneficiaries of the new Pakistan Baitul Mal (PBM) project, the government’s charitable arm, will be 100 mothers headquartered in Karachi.
A monthly stipend for their daughters’ schooling will be transferred to them through a digital banking channel. The program’s reach will eventually be increased.
If the recipient has one daughter in school, she will receive a monthly stipend of Rs.8,000; if the beneficiary has more than one, the stipend would rise to Rs.12,000 per month.
The beneficiaries must first join the Benazir Income Support Programme, Pakistan’s main program for fighting poverty, in order to prove that they belong to the most economically disadvantaged groups in society.
Faryal Talpur, the president of the women’s wing of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), spoke as the chief guest at the launch ceremony and said that the new welfare program of the PBM was completely in line with the PPP manifesto, which stands for securing all of the fundamental rights of women and giving them financial empowerment.
She said that during her two terms in office, the late leader Benazir Bhutto had introduced programs aimed at empowering women in the country, including the First Women’s Bank, a women’s police station, and lady health workers.
In an effort to empower women in rural areas of the province, the Sindh government recently granted landless female farmers ownership rights over 25 acres of farmland, she recalled.
According to Talpur, she started the “Women on wheels” program a few years ago to give young women in urban areas access to their own means of transportation for daily commutes to their places of employment or academic institutions.
She announced that a cab service in Karachi specifically for female clients would soon be introduced.
She reaffirmed the PPP’s determination to keep working to empower women and protect all of their fundamental rights as outlined in the constitution in order to give female members of society the opportunity to live honourable lives in both urban and rural areas.