UNHCR, NAMA join hands to empower refugee and Pakistani women in Balochistan
QUETTA, 28 August 2020: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and NAMA Women Advancement Establishment of the United Arab Emirates joined hands to empower marginalized Afghan refugee and Pakistani women through skills development in Quetta.
UNHCR and NAMA, a Sharjah-based organization, will support semi-skilled refugee and Pakistani women artisans who will have an opportunity to polish their carpet-weaving skills and improve their income-generating capacity. The project is also supported by the IRTHI Contemporary Crafts Council, an affiliate of NAMA.
The project – being implemented by UNHCR’s partner Taraqee Foundation – will benefit 100 Afghan refugee and Pakistani women. These women will not only be trained but also be given monthly stipends to support their family while they are working.
The Head of UNHCR’s Sub-Office in Quetta, Mr. Zephania Amuiri, hailed the efforts of NAMA for helping to empower women with a view to showcasing their work at the international level.
“Such projects are imperative to enable women to improve their technical skills and boost their self-reliance,” he said.
On Afghan refugees, he added that the project will enhance the prospects of refugees for sustainable reintegration upon their voluntary return to Afghanistan.
“When empowered and skilled, refugee returnees, especially women, will play a vital role in making their country prosperous and peaceful,” he said.