PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagrha Wednesday said empowering women and providing them skill was imperative to create a healthy society.

Addressing a function at Durshal Centre organised by the KP Information Technology Board, the minister said women being half of the country’s population can play a better role in improving the country’s economy if they get proper opportunities. He appreciated the role of Durshal for empowering women and providing them skills. Under the programme, a project of $2million dollars from multi-donor fund is underway under which 31 female IT expert teams are being supported in their unique businesses for 30 months duration. Each team comprises three members, therefore, the total number of beneficiary females is 93.

The minister said the gender inclusive co-working spaces (Durshal) have been developed by the KPITB to ensure that they remain inclusive spaces for women, and thrive as community centres. He thanked the donors for their initiative. He revealed that KP has developed women-oriented business policies that attract the female investors to invest and create job opportunities.

Mr Jhagra also said this initiative would also identify key constraints that women face to accessing spaces and co-working opportunities and pilot initiatives to address these constraints, including transportation support, childcare support, or events focused on soft skills, such as confidence building for women in digital skills programmes.

The event was also attended by donors from different countries.