To empower women with disabilities in Pakistan Society for Special Persons introduced Global Women with Disabilities Day on July 7, 2013. In the region of South-Punjab where there’s scarcity of resources and the underprivileged are living without essential needs.
In the face of such harsh conditions of adversity, women with disabilities found it very hard to continue day to day tasks, let alone participate in sharing earning livelihood for their families. SSP launched 11 self-help groups consisting of 300 women with disabilities on grass root level in the 11 districts of South-Punjab by providing them leadership training.
With the support of WHO, SSP organized two day leadership training program (Maqsad-e-Hayat Izzat-o-Waqar) to empower over 500 women with disabilities belonging to 10 districts of South-Punjab. The whole project has been highly appreciated by the department of Punjab Welfare Trust for the Disabled (PWTD).
SSPs motive is to entitle women with disabilities with skills and confidence, so that they can participate in social and democratic process and live a respectable life. Another one of SSPs exemplary services for women with disabilities is the issuance of NICs for over 800 women with disabilities through the support of NADRA. Not only were these women were issued NICs but also were able to cast their vote in the 2018 election. This great step ensured the participation of women with disabilities in the voting process thus including them in the democratic process.
SSP is rigorously working towards the progress of women with disabilities, focusing mainly on the grass-root level (women with disabilities dwelling in the rural areas). SSP wants to reach out to women with disabilities of rural and urban areas, provide them with various skills and training, so that these women can improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.