26 Sep Fempower Pakistan
The project aims to increase the political empowerment and enjoyment of rights by women, particularly young women, marginalized groups, and those at risk. The project also seeks to empower the poor and marginalized, especially women to articulate their concerns, exercise political choice and hold decision makers and policy makers to account. The project defines political empowerment as the capacity to participate more effectively in all public spheres, including but not limited to the electoral process. Project activities include: (1) providing technical training to journalists from 4 provincial capitals and 3 districts on gender sensitive reporting; (2) providing leadership training to community women, women councilors and men allies in all three districts; (3) providing training to grassroots women and men allies on Personal Status Laws, gender-based violence, education and health services; and (4) providing technical training to women, youth, minority and peasant/labor councilors on provincial local government systems, planning and budgets.
The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) reinforce the demands of women and civil society organizations for gender equality and inclusive democracy at various levels through awareness raising, capacity building, networking and conducting evidence based advocacy campaigns; (2) women and youth are provided with opportunities for self-expression and engagement in public debates around gender; (3) strengthened women and women councilors to adopt rights-seeking behavior and assume leadership roles; and (4) ensure greater access of women to gender-sensitized state actors, non-state actors and media personnel. The combined impact of these interventions increases the political empowerment of women and help to reduce poverty in Pakistan.