In a bid to empower the women of Jammu and Kashmir's far-flung areas, various handicraft skills are being imparted through Centre sponsored schemes under Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Yojana.
Women here are encouraged to learn abilities such as embroidery, tailoring, and stitching through the government's special skill development programs.
"We are training to empower them. In the future, they can even take loans and form their own societies and associations," said Handicraft instructor Krishna Kumari.
Kumari explained that due to the coronavirus pandemic situation, they were forced to close their centers. But the training has resumed since October 15. "Girls come from faraway places. Most are uneducated and some are even educated," she said.
Rabina Kouser, a student from the Rajouri district, is pleased with the government handicrafts training program. While praising the Centre schemes, Rabina said, that women in Budhal Tehsil are learning the handicraft skills with great enthusiasm.
"We come from very far away places. We want to stand on our feet. We are being taught with very fine teachers. Also, we learn with great enthusiasm. Some of the girls who have learned the skills have opened their own centers even after their marriage," Kouser said.
Women from the mountainous region with a poor background also come to learn and work on their skills so that they could stand on their feet, said another student, Shaheen Akhter.
"This is a very good initiative by the government. Everybody wants to do something in life and stand on their feet. The girls here are keen to learn. They want to stand on their own feet
In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Mahila Shakti Kendra, Rajouri, under the Ministry of Women and Child Development on Tuesday launched Selfie with Daughter Campaign in the district to celebrate the pride of having daughters.
AIR correspondent reports that the aim of the campaign is to motivate society to feel proud to be parents of a girl child which in turn should help in improving the child sex ratio.
Women Welfare Officer, MSK, Rajouri, Dr. Anum Mirza said that Selfie With Daughter Campaign has become a worldwide movement against female foeticide and sex selection.
She urged the people to take photographs with their daughters and help make the campaign a grand success.
Pertinently, during the last few days, MSK Rajouri received a number of selfies supporting the campaign of Selfie With Daughter after which the best of selfies were given prizes comprised of Baby Kits and Shawls for the selected child and mother respectively.