|Posted by Gail Cavanaugh on January 30, 2013 at 10:55 PM|
The opening of the Gail Women's Sewing Center took place on January 10, 2013 at the Welcome Jesus Church in Gojra City, Punjab, Pakistan. The church is under the leadership of Bishop Asif Raza. The center will be holding sewing classes for women so that they can begin a dress making business and eventually ope a boutique.
Many of the women in this community have a desire to earn money to help support their families. Jobs are scare or very low paying, making it difficult for the men to support their families. The literacy rate is low because parents cannot afford to send their children to school. Few of the men and women are educated.
Because of the feudal system and marriage customs in Pakistan, many of the women are abused. They are not given a choice as to who to marry aand many of them reject or resist their husbands which causes them to be abused. When they report the abuse to the police force, they are often raped or abused, mentally, physically, and sexually. Because the husbands cannot afford to pay the excessively high rents, their landlords throw them into jail.
Some women flee to homeless shelters in an effort to escape the abuse. They are taught how to live and work for themselves. This sewing centere will give women the opportunity to use their gifts and talents to earn a living for themselves and sent their children to school.