Global Affairs Canada has provided funding for the Women Empowerment & Political Participation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (WEPP-KP) project, which was officially launched at a special event highlighting the implementation of pro-women laws in Peshawar on 6th December 2020. Leading the event was the project Team leader – Ms. Shabina Gulzar, along with Advisor to the Chief Minister KP on Education – Mr. Ziaullah Bangash, Member of Provincial Assembly – Ms. Ayesha Bano, Member of Provincial Assembly KP – Zeenat Bibi, Chairperson of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on Status of Women – Dr. Riffat Sardar, Regional Director of Ministry of Human Rights – Mr. Ghulam Ali, and several other people honored the occasion.
Ms. Shabina Gulzar, Team Leader of the WEPP-KP project, while speaking at the occasion, highlighted that the project will work with the Social Welfare, Special Education & Women Empowerment Department of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (SW, SE & WED) and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on Status of Women (KPCSW) and other related government departments. The project duration is three and a half years and will work to strengthen the capacity of the KPCSW and SW, SE & WED, providing technical assistance to achieve the desired goals. Ms. Shabina Gulzar noted that pro-women laws have already been passed, so the focus now needs to be on effective implementation to ensure women’s empowerment and political participation. She underscored the Canadian Government’s firm commitment to the institutional strengthening of SW, SE & WED and KPCSW, who will play a central role in women’s empowerment and political participation in the province.