BPWO ISLAMABAD BRANCH
Activities of the organization
The ground floor of the BPWO women Complex is complete and work on the hostel was initiated. A warden and the required staff for the hostel were appointed. Funds are being raised through campaigns and various sources to construct the first floor. Loan from the Federation was taken which will be paid off in installments.
This is running successfully. In the past 5 years, 20 girls received Diploma Certificates and sewing machines on completion of one year course in sewing, cutting, embroidery and knitting. Articles made by the girls are sold through a permanent outlet and thrift shops.
A Lady Health Visitor, Motivator and a Nurse run this center. Treatment is provided to the low income community free of cost. Including Hepatitis B and other vaccines for children. Family Planning Services are provided by the Motivator to the local community. Camps are organized with the cooperation of the local people to give Typhoid and Cholera Vaccines in the surrounding areas, specially the Katchi Abadis. Mrs. Azra Amjad also runs a free of cost Homeopathic Clinic.
Classes are held thrice a week. Qualified teachers teach females of the locality proper recitation of the Quran, its translation and Tafseer.
Due to fear of their safety people from Swat & Malakand moved to Hassan Abdal and Haripur where the government camps with facilities were set up. These however were not sufficient to meet their needs. BPWO in collaboration with PARC adopted 130 families and provided clothes for 200 women, 50 bedding, 100 water coolers, 250 bags each of flour and rice, cooking oil, pulses, sugar, tea etc.
A Center was set up to train females in sewing, cutting and embroidery with the help of the BPWO sewing teacher. Material & equipment was supplied to the trainees.
A Primary school for children from 5 -15 years of age was also established with two trained teachers. All the activities were controlled by the BPWO staff supervised by Ms. Malka Farooqui.
These were organized during the summer vacations and were attended by a large number of females. One week courses for making Jam, Jelly, Squashes and various types of Pickles were conducted by Ms. Azra Amjad Ali.
Two Meena Bazars were successfully organized by BPWO in November 2008 and December 2009 In the Women’s Welfare Complex. A large number of stalls of eatables, fabrics, handicrafts etc. were booked due to the keen interest of the Women’s section of Chamber of Commerce, Islamabad. Various eatables were supplied to the Tea stalls by the BPWO members. Raffle tickets of Rs.10, as in previous years were sold to the attendees of the Bazars. Members of the executive committee also sold tickets. Twelve prizes were given contributed by the members of BPWO
January 2008- February 2009
REPORT OF CENTRES
|No. of students trained in various skills|
|Jan – Dec ’07||Jan – Dec ‘08|
|Al Fatima Markaz, Yakki Gate||108||95|
|Shahdara Craft Centre||224||190|
|Faisal Town Craft Centre||60||81|
Patients treated free at Health Centre F 576; M 194; Child 466 F546; M 92; Child 435
REPORT OF J.P.C-W
|Jan – Dec ’07||Jan – Dec ‘08|
Serious problems faced and Suggestions for resolution sought
On March 23, 2009, Pakistan Day was celebrated at the Govt. Girls village school near Quetta. Speech contest was held and awards given to the top three contestants. Milli songs were sung and sweets distributed.
Pakistan Independence Day
The flag was hoisted. A women’s exhibition hockey match was played at the Government College ground. BPWO Quetta donated the trophies for winner and runner up teams.
Donations / Relief Activities
20 deserving families were provided ration parcels contributed by BPWO members.
Ayat e Karima Mehfil
90 ladies from various organizations participated in this mehfil, followed by Dua for peace and prosperity of Pakistan.
Funds were raised through sale of food items prepared by BPWO members, at a Tuck shop and a stall (courtesy Ms. Yasmin Mandokhail) at a Women’s University.
A party was given for Ms.Aftab Masroor Alam, Secretary of BPWO, and members Mussarat Paul, Sajida Qureshi, Yasmin Mandokhail and Najma Bhatti have shifted else where from Quetta. Ms. Samina Saeed was elected as the Secretary and Prof. Nargis Fazel din as Joint Secretary of the Quetta Chapter. Ms.Aftab Masroor Alam desired to continue her membership with Quetta.
Working Women’s Hostel
This has been completed and is now functional. Currently the occupancy is of 70 women. Prof. Mariam S.Noohani and Ms. Akhtar Jabeen Siddiqui were the major forces behind completion of this project. Funds are however required for furniture/other items to bring this hostel at the same level as others in the city.
Poverty Alleviation Project
Ms. Akhtar Jabeen Siddiqui has taken up the above project of the Institute of Women Development Studies, University of Sindh, Jamshoro for the duration of one year. The project is about a training programme of underprivileged women of the Sindh University Colony, to provide/improve their skills, Enhance incomes – thus reduce poverty.
2. OTHER ACTIVITIES
Eid Milan Party
A party was held in which the following members were congratulated for:
Prof. Mariam S.Noohani Lifetime achievement award for relentless service by KFC
Prof. Sehar Imdad Presidential award
Prof. Abida Taherani Best teacher award 2009-2010
Prof. Rafia Ahmed Sheikh Prof-Vice Chancellor, University of Sindh, Jamshoro
Prof. Fahmida Hussain Chairperson Sindh Language Authority, Hyderabad
Prof. Parveen Munshi Dean of Faculty of Education, University of Sindh, Jamshoro
Prof. Parveen Shah Dean of faculty of Social Sciences
Conference – Third Global Congress of Women in Politics & Governance - 2008
Prof. Parveen Shah, General Secretary of BPWO & Director, Institute of Women’s Development Studies, University of Sindh, Jamshoro was nominated to attend this conference by SAFWCO (Sindh Agricultural Forestry Workers Cooperative Organization. The theme of the congress was “Gender in climate change & Disaster-Risk Reduction”. It was organized by the Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) in partnership with United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO). There were 250 participants from 27 countries and Pakistan had the honour to be the Leader of the Asia Region.
Special Condolence Meeting – February 2008
Fateha was offered for Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto Shaheed and the terrorism act was condemned.
Milad Mehfil – March 2009
This was organized by BPWO at the social welfare center, University of Sindh and a large number of women participated in this event.
Peace & Security Day – February 2009
Quran Khani & Durood Khatum was organized by BPWO for peace and prosperity of Pakistan.
Distribution of Rations/other items
Dr. Salima R. Ahmed, President of the BPWO Federation, Karachi, distributed rations/other items to the staff and teachers in three adopted schools of Hyderabad.