Islamabad, 25 January 2022 (TDI): Australia is collaborating with Pakistan to improve Gender Equality in the country. In this regard, the country has undertaken an AUD3.4 million initiative that will be spearheaded by the Australian High Commission in Pakistan.

Covid-19 has disrupted access to essential reproductive health as well as family planning services for women across the entire world. The above-mentioned initiative will provide vital help. It will include maternal health care, enabling a strong, healthy, and more inclusive region.

In another news, the Deputy High Commissioner of Australia, Joanne Frederiksen visited female-led tech start-ups in Peshawar on 24th January 2022. The start-ups are a joint venture of the World Bank and Pakistan Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MTDF).

According to an estimate, over 3,000 women across received digital as well as business training. The training will help them to connect to local markets. The start-ups are generating approximately PKR14m revenue.

On the same day, the Australian High Commission shared the news with regards to an Art Exhibition on its official Twitter account. Australia supported the ‘Art Beat National Child Art Competition & Exhibition.’ The exhibition has been launched by Australia’s Chargé d’Affaires Bryce Hutchesson.

The themes of the exhibition encompassed peace, democracy, tolerance & human rights. Over 185 Pakistani schools and 24 community organizations contributed artworks for the exhibition on the International Day of Education.

Earlier last week, on 21 January 2022, Pakistan and Australia also came forward to collaborate with each other in the maritime field. This happened during a round-table conference organized by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

A round-table conference was organized on the ‘Maritime Border Control Enforcement, Investigations, Detection & Compliance.’ The event was attended by representatives from Pakistan Maritime Security Agencies. Australian Border Force as well as Australian Federal Police attended the event through a video link.