KARACHI, October 16, 2021: The Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) in collaboration with the donor funded TVET Sector Support Programme has launched the first ever Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in TVET.
The ceremony was organized at a local hotel in Karachi with the Sindh Minister for Women Development Syeda Shehla Raza in the chair and participants from public and private sector organizations and institutes. Development of strategy and its launch was supported by the TVET Sector Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union and governments of Germany and Norway and implemented by GIZ and NAVTTC.
The chief guest termed the launch of gender mainstreaming as need of the hour adding that more women into the technical and vocational education and training will improve the participation of women in the workforce of the province.
She highlighted number of initiatives undertaken by the provincial authorities to improve the system and structures for women empowerment and lauded the support of development partners for joining hands with Sindh TEVTA.
Birgit Nicole Kuhlmann, Consul & Deputy Head of Mission at Consulate General of Germany in Karachi in her remarks appreciated the provincial authorities for coming up with the strategy for bringing more women into the TVET sector.
She said that the implementation of the strategy in comprehensive manner will ensure women socio economic development in Pakistan and extended her support on behalf of the German missions in Pakistan.
Olaf Handloegten, Cluster Coordinator Training and Sustainable Growth for Decent Jobs of GIZ Pakistan gave detailed overview of GIZ Pakistan and worldwide role in gender mainstreaming strategy adding that this launch ceremony is prime example of the initiatives.
The Managing Director of STEVTA Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Suhag, Former Secretary Planning and Development Sindh Shireen Mustafa, Head of TVET Sector Support Programme Iris Cordelia Rotzoll, Gender Advisor of TVET SSP Gulcheen Aqil, Dr. Lubna Shah also addressed the gathering.
The Gender Mainstreaming Strategy is a guiding document for STVETA to ensure women, girls, and vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities are part of their programmes and organizations priorities in operations.