The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced a digital training program for the women of the province. The program is supposed to equip around 3000 women in the province with advanced digital skills.

An official of the program while talking about its implications and need said, ‘the goal of the program is to empower 3000 women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with skills, like graphic designing, WordPress design and development, content writing, blogging, social media marketing, and other digital tools for productivity, and to promote the financial independence of the women by providing them with employment opportunities through digital jobs.’

The information provided by the Department of Science and Information Technology says that Rs. 80 million have been allocated for the project. The minister of the Science and Technology Department, Atif Khan, said that they have to empower women economically and tangible measures are being taken for that. This step is one of them. He further explained that such measures will be followed by employment opportunities in science and technology through three special technology zones (STZs) that the provincial government will create. These three zones will be constructed in the districts of Haripur, Mardan, and Peshawar, he mentioned.

The initiatives to empower people in technology are not new. Last year, a budget of around 840 million rupees was spent to train around 25,000 people of KPK in the field of IT. This project for women is also an offshoot of that measure. It is supposed to equip women with enough skills to start their own projects and do businesses online.

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Ayesha Areej is a staff writer at The Academia Magazine

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