The Minister for Women Development in Pakistan in a recent meeting said that her ministry is formulating a new workplan to make women economically empowered in 2011. At a workshop on "Empowering Women through Legislation", Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan noted that women empowerment has always been a very important issue for her government as women and children are an important segment of the society. The workshop was also attended by various provincial ministers and parilamentary secretaries. The workplan includes, the transformation of various crisis centers for women into development centers that will help women to become self-dependent; the implementation of various programs that will address the problems of female prisoners; and the establishment of women welfare centers in different provinces. The Minister also mentioned that the crisis centers have already been provided with an additional 4,750,000 Rupee for upgradation. The participants at the workshop also agreed to come up with a plan to operationalize all the legislation bills for women.