Social Welfare and Women Development

Gender Reform Action Plan (GRAP)
The Gender Reforms Action Plan (GRAP) is a product of the global, national and local commitments of the government to redress gender issues. It focuses primarily on institutional change for achieving gender equality. It is expected to catalyze actions entailing gender mainstreaming in the provincial departments.
 
Establishment of "Gehwara"
The Punjab government established ‘Gehwara’, a centre for newborn babies, in Multan where children will be nourished till the age of seven.
 
Violence Against Women Centers
 
Violence Against Women Center (VAWC) is a unique project of Punjab government in the wake of passing Women Protection Bill. It has been established for the defense of women against violence. Through this entity, the victim will be able to report violence through the use of its helpline and get speedy justice. This entity will also provide victim facility to lodge FIR along with forensic help, medical examination, prosecution and post-trauma rehabilitation under one roof.

Miscellaneous Initiatives

Other initiatives taken up by the government include:

  • The Punjab Government has established 420 vocational training institutes where people will acquire valuable skills enabling them to earn a living.
  • A thousand rupee stipend is being granted to underprivileged women by the Punjab Government.
  • The Punjab Government launched a microcredit scheme for women to heighten economic activity in rural areas. It targets businesses that have the potential for growth.