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Training of Women Counselors Begin

July 8th 2002 - A ten-day training workshop of women councilors, organized by the Ministry of Women Development and UNDP began here today. Over one 100 hundred women councilors and lead mentors would be trained in this workshop as the master trainers to further impart training to district, tehsil and union councilors in their respective areas. Today three sessions were held in which lead mentors were trained to teach modules on Gender Awareness and Legislative Agenda. During the first three days of the workshop provincial coordinators, resources persons, facilitators and research analysts two each from all the four Provinces would be trained. Who during the next seven days would train 80 district councilors as master trainers. And these master trainers would further train women districts, tehisl and union councilors in their respective areas.
In her welcome address Federal Secretary Ministry of Women Development Mrs. Parveen Qadri Agha pointed out that training of women councilors was one of the capacity building component of the Ministry ’s larger national project for Women’s Political Participation. She further said that each of these master trainers will act as a focal point in their respective provinces and districts and would help in various aspects of evaluation, monitoring, research and documentation. Explaining the curriculum. Senior Gender Advisor Dr. Socorro L. Reyes, said that components of the curriculum were need based and focused on the solutions to problems faced by women councilors in their own realities and life situation and the training aims at maximizing the impact of the presence of women in the given political space. She also informed that the training programme is linked with poverty reduction among women and addresses such issues as the role, rights and responsibilities of women councilors and teaches them necessary skills of advocacy to deal with officials and male counterparts to convince them to allocate ample funds for the women development projects and also to prepare projects by women themselves so that their peculiar needs find place in the over all development agenda.
The project Manager of W 3 P. Brig. (Retd) Shafqat Mehmood explained the mechanism and processes involved in the implementation of the project . He informed that the project would be highly result oriented because the curriculum is developed on the lines so as to make it understandable by even an illiterate person and the method is such that the women would learn from women in a perpetual process and benefit from the training in their official capacity as well as day today life.

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