In support of district administration efforts to promote women’s empowerment, MOL Pakistan Oil and Gas Company B.V. donated sewing machines to the Government Women Development and Computer Literacy Centre in Bhara Kahu.
A simple ceremony was held at the centre where the company, with its implementing partner Drive for Economic and Environmental Development (DEED), provided the machines to Ms Seema Tauseef, In-charge, Women Development Program, Islamabad Chief Commissioner Office.
On the occasion, Hamza Shafqaat, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islamabad said, “In order to economically empower women with the skills and education needed to help generate incomes and livelihoods. We are determined to establish women development and computer training centres in every union council of Islamabad. The continued and on-going support provided by MOL Pakistan to our cause is laudable and we look forward to further collaborations in the future.”
In his message, Ali Murtaza Abbas, MOL Group Regional Vice President for Middle East, Africa and Pakistan said, “MOL Group is a responsible corporate entity that has always worked towards the betterment of our local communities wherever we operate in the country, as well as globally. MOL Group supports sustainable development efforts in Pakistan through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives. In particular, we believe that the empowerment of women brings positive change to our local communities by helping women develop the means to financially support themselves and their families. And, in order to help provide opportunities to the women of Pakistan, we do our very best to support the local government in their efforts to empower women.”
In her speech, Ms. Seema Tauseef stated, “Women of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend the centre in order to improve their own and the lives of their children and families. We try our best not to turn anyone away, because at this centre women and girls are given the opportunity to be trained and educated in important technical and life skills, including sewing, stitching, and embroidery. The sewing machines provided by MOL Pakistan will directly help women develop their skills and capabilities in order to become financially empowered.”