Huawei partnered with Universal Service Fund for “ICT Labs in Women Empowerment Centers” on International Girls in ICT Day


Islamabad: (Parliament Times)     Huawei Technologies Pakistan Pvt Ltd collaborated
with Universal Service Fund to equip girls of Baitulmal with Huawei tablets. A
launching ceremony of the Impact Analysis Report on “ICT Labs in Women
Empowerment Centers” on the occasion of “International girls in ICT day” was held
on Thursday in Islamabad.
While addressing the ceremony, the Chief Guest of the event, Minister of State for
Climate Change, Mrs. Zartaj Gul said that women are the face of humanity. We
must work together to empower them in Pakistan to fully benefit from ICT facilities and
make a contribution towards sustainable development of the country. The Federal Minister
appreciated the efforts of Huawei, Universal Service Fund (USF) and Pakistan
Baitulmal for doing such an incredible job.
Speaking at the occasion, CEO-USF said that USF established 120 state of the art computer labs
in 120 Women Empowerment Centers of Pakistan Baitul Mal. Prior to USFs intervention, these
centers only focus on artisan skills. He informed that USF and PBM created a computer training
curriculum and staffed teachers and over time, a number of partners added value to this program
including Facebook, UN Women, Microsoft and Huawei. He further said that the results of
impact assessment of this program are being launched today. The user survey data clearly show a
significant positive impact, with clear indicators of increasing confidence, IT awareness,
enhanced coding skills and better prospects of absorption in the job market.
While shedding light on the way-forward, Managing Director – PBM, Aon Abbas
Bappi, said that he takes pride in this ever efficient project where women are given
the liberty to make a living on their own. By making IT labs and facilitating girls of
far flung and lesser developed areas of Pakistan we together give them immense
confidence and freedom.
Huawei Pakistan who partnered with USF to equip WEC teachers with Huawei tablets in a
statement said “The ICT for Girls program is a noble yet beneficial program that can enable
thousands of girls of Pakistan to access the Internet, make an earning for themselves, understand
the world and change their lives. Huawei is honored to have the opportunity to participate in this
exceptional program and for making its contribution to the development of Pakistani society. At
the same time, this is very much in line with Huawei’s vision, which is to digitize every person,
home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. In the coming days, Huawei will
continue to work to eliminate the digital divide and support this program”
Teachers and students of PBM also shared their experiences at the event and enlightened the
audience about how the project has changed their life. Prize distribution for the top achievers of
the programme was also held at the event.
Earlier on, a comprehensive presentation was given by Chief Officer – Quality Assurance &
Monitoring of USF, Usman Wadud which covered the salient features of the report.