FAISALABAD-Among many challenges face the women during their education, and later on as they pursue careers, is access to safe and accessible transportation, United States Agency for International Development Mission Director John Groarke said.

Mr Groarke expressed his hope that bicycles being distributed by the USAID will help increase mobility of women students on this campus. “The confidence they gain from this experience will help them later in life as well,” he added.

USAID Mission Director John Groarke was speaking at the handing over ceremony of 200 bicycles to the women’s cycling club of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad here on Friday. The donation is part of a grant to empower women in Pakistan’s agriculture sector under USAID’s Gender Equity Program.

The Gender Equity Program, funded by USAID, is being implemented by the Aurat Foundation across the country. This $40-million, five-year program aims improving women’s access to justice, expand economic opportunities for women, advocate for women’s social and political empowerment, support survivors of gender-based violence, and build the capacity of government and civil society to prevent, respond to, and eliminate gender-based violence.