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We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” —Sheryl Sandberg
A seminar regarding “Women empowerment and Role of SPPAP” was conducted on December 9, 2015 at Bahawalpur. The Project Director in his opening remarks stated that SPPAP has especially focused the women by providing them valuable assets/trainings in a way so that women of the poor communities could feel sense of ownership and fully empowered. He emphasized that “Women are the integral part of the society and development is impossible without women empowerment and participation in the overall process”. He expanded upon the need of effective role of women as several of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deal with the situation of women. The target of Goal 3 is the elimination of gender disparity. Goal 4 seeks to reduce child mortality, and Goal 5 aims to improve the health of mothers. But the empowerment of women and the strengthening of their position in society is the aim of the other MDGs as well. Women play a crucial role in the fight against extreme poverty and hunger (MDG 1). Girls and women lag far behind boys and men in progress toward achieving universal basic education (MDG 2). No progress at all can be made in the fight against HIV/Aids, malaria, and other endemic diseases (MDG 6), unless women are included. And without the participation of women, it will be impossible to ensure environmental sustainability (MDG 7).