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Dear reader,
We are happy to dedicate this month’s e-newsletter to the spirit of the International Women’s Day, which we celebrated on 8 March like elsewhere in the world.  
Over a century ago in 1910, German women rights activists Clara Zetkin and Käte Duncker proposed that March 8 be observed globally as Women’s Day. We have come a long way since. In countries around the world, Bangladesh included, women now have higher education, greater rights and a louder voice than a century or even half a century ago. But a lot of work remains to be done, and a long way to go. 
Under the Prosperity programme, the PKSF is making an all-out effort towards achieving that goal. This issue discusses how we plan to do it.
We are also delighted to share with you how we are training our PO staff on the extreme-poor household selection process through Participatory Extreme Poor Identification Tool (PEPIT).

Sincerely,
AQM Golam Mawla
Deputy Managing Director, PKSF
Project Director, Prosperity, PKSF

BLOG - Gender equality, women empowerment under Prosperity

Addressing gender gap is key to achieving sustainable development outcomes and creating a more equal world. But that is not possible without bridging the gaps and empowering women, who are nearly half the total population.  
The Pathways to Prosperity for Extremely Poor People (PPEPP), shortly called the Prosperity, is especially designed, among other things, to work towards achieving that goal. By design, Women Empowerment Leading to Gender Equality is a mainstreaming issue of the programme, jointly funded by the DFID, the EU and the PKSF. One of the key focuses of the programme is to empower women and address the areas that affect their lives and livelihoods directly.
Sanjida Ahmed, Programme Manager (Gender), writes on the issue.
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Prosperity Events

Extreme Poor Household Selection and Verification Process
Training of PO staff on household identification: With the Inception Phase of the programme nearing its end, the PKSF has begun training the PO staff on extreme-poor household selection and verification process to enhance their skills on efficient targeting.
Nearly 1,200 Technical Officers (TO), Assistant Technical Officers (ATO), MIS officers, data collectors, and other senior officials of 19 POs, who are implementing the project on the ground, will receive the training in 42 batches over the next two months. The training has a series of theoretical and practical sessions on the household selection and verification process and the Prosperity project as a whole.

Observing the International Women's Day: The Prosperity project staff observed the International Women’s Day 2020 at the PKSF Bhaban, by holding a brief discussion on the significance of the day. PKSF Deputy Managing Director AQM Golam Mawla, General Manager Dr Sharif Ahmed Chowdhury, among others, spoke on the occasion. On this occasion, the PIU staff also placed a “Tree of Commitment” to write down their commitments on women's rights issues on its leaves.

The Commitment Tree on the eve of the International Women's Day 2020

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