BISP INVITES MEHAK GUL AND KIRAN KHAN FOR INTERACTION WITH
Chitral Times Report
Islamabad: BISP is internationally recognized model social
safety net program that provides a unique forum for empowerment to
the poorest women. BISP is redefining the lives of its women by
adding dignity, empowerment and meaning to their lives as
envisioned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. We are fully committed
to cultivate an environment where women are respected and feel
themselves elevated and empowered. This was stated by the Minister
of State and Chairperson BISP, MNA Marvi Memon, in her address
during an event organized at BISP Secretariat under “Sisters in
Success” initiative where Mehak Gul and Kiran Khan were invited to
interact with beneficiaries and their children.
“Sisters in Success” is a BISP initiative to encourage idea
generation and success transfer to motivate the BISP beneficiaries.
Events under “Sisters in Success” initiative provide an opportunity
to poor women beneficiaries and their children to draw inspiration
from interaction with accomplished women. This initiative brings
international and national women role models in front of
beneficiaries to instill hope and motivation so they may break the
shackles of poverty and emerge empowered in true sense.
Mehak Gul, a Guiness World Record holder is the youngest chess
player from Pakistan to grab the title of ‘Women Candidate Master’
at World Chess Olympiad 2016. Mehak, a 16 year old girl achieved
this feat at 42nd World Chess Olympiad. She is representing
Pakistan in international events since 12 years of age. She aspires
to become Chess Grand Master.
Kiran Khan is first female international swimmer for Pakistan. She
first came to national attention at the 28th Pakistan National
Games in 2001. She has represented Pakistan at the Olympics and
other international forums. She brought sixty four international
medals to Pakistan and has 347 national gold medals on her record.
She was bestowed Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2014.
Mehak Gul and Kiran Khan while narrating their success journey
highlighted that they are pioneers in the respective fields. It was
a tough journey as there was no precedent but they never gave up
and emerged victorious holding up the national flag. They
encouraged the beneficiaries that life may be difficult but not
impossible. They should try their best to overcome the miseries of
poverty. They appreciated BISP for its efforts for the downtrodden
and marginalized segments of society.
Both champions conveyed their concerns to Ms Memon regarding lack
of patronage from Government and shortage of funds because of which
they were unable to participate in number of international events.
The minister assured them that she would take up the matter with
Prime Minister and the concerned ministry.
On the occasion, Chairperson BISP said that women empowerment and
gender equality is foremost on the agenda of incumbent government.
The long term national planning framework VISION 2025 commits to
pursue women empowerment as a key priority area across all sectors
of planning and development. It focuses on providing an enabling
environment to every woman to develop her full potential to equally
reap the benefits of economic and social development.