The government has been undertaking various projects to empower women in different sectors for the last few years. These initiatives have been exemplary in improving the condition of the underprivileged section of Bangladeshi women.
The project titled ‘Urban Based Marginal Women Development Project’ is being implemented by Jatiyo Mohila Sangstha under the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA).
The project worth Tk 998.3 million began its operations in July 2016 and is scheduled to end in June 2022.
The objectives of the project include making the urban-based poor, destitute and underprivileged women productive, efficient and self-reliant by providing appropriate skill development training.
Nurun Nahar Hena, Additional Secretary and Director of this project told Bangladesh Post, “This project will play an important role in alleviating poverty and empowering women by making them self-reliant. The implementation of this project will create entrepreneurs through skills development training and to provide them ideas about women's empowerment, rights, duties and leadership.”
“At the end of every training programme, a total training allowance of Tk 2,000 is paid to these women in 20 working days on the basis of daily attendance,” she added.
A total of 4,593 entrepreneurs have been created till October 2021, since the inception of the project. The project has made an overall progress of 87.20 percent.
Under this project a total of 53,600 urban-based poor, vulnerable and low-income women will be provided skill development training in 10 different trades through 75 vocational training centers.
These trained women will also be assisted in connecting with various financial institutions for employment and self-reliance, and opportunities will be created for them to market their products. They will also be provided with ideas on family planning, primary health care, sanitation, nutrition, environmental pollution and hygiene.
Of the total 75 training centers, 10 are in Dhaka, 62 in other 62 district towns and three more are located in three upazilas. Besides, there is a sales and exhibition center in Dhaka. A sales and exhibition center, Sonar Tari Crafts, has already been launched at the third floor in Dhaka’s Karnafuli Garden City Market.
The trades under which women receive training including sewing and embroidery, block-batik, screen printing, and soap, candle and showpiece making, binding and packaging, poultry development, food processing and packaging, making leather goods, Nakshi Katha and mobile servicing.