Women's Economic Empowerment with FCDO

In Punjab, one of the regions covered by our programme, women's participation in the job market is as low as 6.1%. With financial support from the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), our Women’s Economic Empowerment programme supported over 10,000 women into secure jobs or helped them establish their businesses, from 2017 to 2020.


Women from disadvantaged communities in Pakistan have little access to resources, services, assets, education, and markets, and are therefore often acutely affected by poverty. 


We have supported marginalised, urban and rural women to build resilience against poverty.
As a result of our programme, they have gained economic empowerment through increased access to finance, learning about financial management, and by seeking control of resources and assets. 

The programme has: 

  • helped more than 9,800 women increase their income  
  • increased control over resources and decision-making in the households of 9,722 women  
  • successfully placed more than 3,412 women in paid internships, apprenticeships, jobs and self-employment, and supported 7,012 to establish their own enterprises
  • given more than 8,400 women access to financial services, as a result of training and support.