Faisalpur, Pakistan – As the first year of a federal government-backed program to help over 50 of the countrys top women colleges opens, the United States has awarded more than $2.5 million to help them open and maintain their doors.
The Women’s Federation of India (WFI), a Pakistan-based advocacy group, said Monday that the $1.5-million grant, to be distributed by the US Department of State, is for the construction of five women’s colleges and five women-only institutions.
The funding was approved by the State Department last month, but the final date for receipt is April 6.WFI Executive Director Anurag Verma told The Washington Times that the money will be used to cover construction costs, hire staff, and maintain the facilities of the facilities.
The grant was awarded to WFI in July, and is targeted at institutions that provide a variety of educational and vocational opportunities, including health care, employment, and literacy.
The WFI said in a statement that the program has the potential to create more women in the country and provide them with higher opportunities to contribute to their families’ livelihoods.
Wendy Wertheim, a professor of women’s studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, told The Associated Press that women’s institutions have a special responsibility to educate and empower women, but it can also contribute to strengthening communities by providing employment opportunities.
“The idea of providing the women colleges with money is that the institutions are being able to continue providing those opportunities for them to do their work, which is the most important thing,” she said.
Wertheim said that while she’s optimistic about the program’s potential, it will have to be sustained over time.
“There are a lot of institutions that have not been able to get funded and there is still a lot more work to do,” she told AP.
“There is a lot that needs to be done.”
The US has long been an advocate for women’s rights in the region.
President Donald Trump appointed former Massachusetts Gov.
Deval Patrick to lead a new effort to promote women’s careers, education and empowerment, and to encourage women to work outside the home and enter the workforce.