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In Pakistan many women are still treated as second class citizens, and can be deprived of basic rights such as healthcare, education, economics and engagement in politics. Women in small cities and villages are at particular risk of being seen to exist solely for the service of the male members of their family, married or unmarried. Working women also face abundant difficulties. This situation is further exacerbated if the woman is deemed to be disabled or unhealthy. Deprived of education and unable to cross the school gate,Women with disabilities

  may not even receive basic acceptance from their family. Attention may be offered for a limited period but our research shows that neglect tends to increase as the child or young woman becomes older. Medical treatments are often withdrawn and it is common for women with disabilities to be left to accept their physical condition and its consequences as just “their fate”. Since their own skills are not developed they find themselves totally dependent on their husbands or wider families. SATH wants to challenge this attitude, building awareness of PWDs capabilities. We want to encourage families and communities to help the person with disabilities to identify what they are able to do, to develop their unique identity, talents and abilities and to take their place as part of their society.  In addition to providing income, holding some kind of job or role in the community provides the crucial element of interaction, and enables individuals to build relationships within the community. We believe that Women with disabilities and their communities will come to believe that their lives are as precious to society as everyone else’s. Our research with potential client groups has shown that the easiest work to earn an income from at home is sewing. This is a skill many of the women already possess. Sewing one suit can result in an income of 250 to 500 Pakistani Rupees.  Whilst many Women with disabilities possess outstanding skills in this area, many do not have access to a sewing machine. In other geographical areas, there is a willingness and real interest in learning this skill but no access to sewing schools or other educational establishments.  Even in situations where resources are very limited, we have seen tangible benefits of women with disabilities are able to meet for few hours a day in a room or home and sew together. As they work they share news, events and sorrows with each other. The more skilled also pass on their skills to those who have yet to develop competence. SATH is keen to facilitate sewing groups for a mixture of Women with disabilities and able-bodied women. There is strong community demand for such work; however we lack the resources to enable it at present. Whilst we can find venues and cover small costs from within the community we need sewing machines and other materials to make the program effective. A sewing machine costs 6300 to 7000 Pakistani Rupees – approximately (put conversion).In addition to sewing, other opportunities exist locally to develop skills in handicrafts, cards making (see dedicated section), painting, T-shirt painting, and the making of decorations and ornaments. We would love to talk to you more about the possibilities for these programs. If you have any questions or would like clarification on any of the areas of our mission please contact us on:

 Infosath.toba@gmail.com