This program pillar of SDF particularly focuses on Women Empowerment and Economic Development.
Gender inequality is a recognized issue in Pakistan and the country has the second lowest ranking in the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum on women’s economic participation. Women’s labour force participation is merely 24 percent. Government budget allocated for basic social services such as health and education is not adequate to address the growing population’s needs. 45.6 percent of the Pakistani population is living below the poverty line. About 70 percent of Pakistan’s economy is informal and women are overrepresented in it and are usually termed as home-based, piece-rate/ own account workers, or domestic workers with limited access to decent wages or social security benefits. With few economic and entrepreneur opportunities to women in the country, mostly poor women chose to do home based work. Such informal women workers, in both rural and urban localities, are largely illiterate and lack financial independence.