A day-long awareness program was organized by ActionAid, Srinagar along with its implementing partner organization-HELP Foundation, J & K under project Securing Rights and Sustainable Livelihoods for People Dependent on the Informal Economy in Kashmir supported by European Commission at Sheik-Ul-Alam Hall in Budgam.
The program saw representatives from Government departments focusing on the needs, rights and accessibility of several governmental schemes available for women, and artisans involved handicraft sector for their livelihood in district Budgam.
“The main purpose of the program was to raise awareness and sensitize a range of stakeholders towards evolving concrete discussion for serving those who are involved in informal sector (handicraft sector) for their livelihood thereby promoting their sustainable development.” said Shafia Naqshbandi, Program Officer, ActionAid.
During the workshop it was stressed by the speakers , that it is the role of NGOs and other government departments to provide a platform to artisans for their socio-economic security, reintegration and mainstreaming them in the market economy while providing them a platform of enhanced credit facilities, raw materials and avenues for direct marketing for these artisans.
The stress was laid on convergence of ideas, thoughts and strategies of various stakeholders in changing the situation and in identifying emerging issues and areas of action for its effective and sustainable implementation.