Pak Women is working since 1998 at district level. Registered at provincial level under Societies Registration Act 1860 from January 2012. Pak Women mission is “To make a just society where poor particularly women, children and disable persons enjoy their full rights with their Socio Economic and Political development”, contributing to its vision, “Just, peaceful and prosperous society”.
Programs and Objectives:
Haq Program: To work for good governance, strengthening local governments, protect and promote human rights of women (basic human rights, land rights, protection from VAW and GBV), children and PWDs, transparency and accountability through citizen engagement in pro women, children and PWDs reforms, legislation, planning and budgeting and strengthening citizen voice on evidence basis and sustainable basis. Pak Women has Gender Equality Network (GEN) of 250 women leaders and also has a network of DPOs from entire Pakistan with the name of Himmat Network, working on research and advocacy.
Zindagi Program: To work for health of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), protection of mother and child health and prevention of HIV/AIDS, elimination of preventable maternal and new born deaths through strengthening systems, citizen engagement and voice and evidence based advocacy for reforms and legislation with key stakeholders on sustainable basis.
Khushhali Program: To work for women and persons with disabilities economic development through skill development, micro enterprises development and micro credit as well as facilitation and linkages development for sale and marketing of their products as well as through reforms on sustainable basis.
Brekhna Prgoram: To promote formal and non formal education, adult literacy particularly for women, girls and persons with disabilities through service delivery, strengthening citizen engagement and voices as well as through evidence based advocacy for reforms and legislation with key stakeholders on sustainable basis.
My name is Azra Gul and I am founder and General Secretary of Pak Women. I worked with the organisation as Executive Director for 18 years till January 31, 2019. Pak Women vision is"Just, Peaceful and Prosperous Society", and its mission it "To built a just society where poor particularly women, children and persons with disabilities enjoy their full rights with their social, economic and political development. Pak Women is working in sectors of human rights, governance, education, health and women economic development, successfully completed 37 projects in partners with UN agencies, USAID, CRS, Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan/Supreme Court of Pakistan etc. Pak Women is working both on provision of services and on reforms and legislation, reforms and legislation component highly involve participation of citizen (both men and women and all other marginalized groups). I started Pak Women from my village level and now after 18 years working in Pakistan on national level. Some policy level achievements are; • One women political participation project of PKR 100 million was included in social welfare ADP for the year 2014-15 under GRAP II. • 21 women parliamentarian capacity built in gender responsive budgeting, KP annual budget, Annual Development Planning and budgeting, block funds, lobbying, advocacy and communication skills. • For citizen engagement in planning and budgeting, Gender Equality Network (GEN) formed and activated in all 25 districts of KP comprised of women, youth, PWDs, journalists and minorities. • Political Parties Caucus worked on first draft of proposed amendments in KP Provincial Assembly Rules of Business and draft is under consideration and review in Standing Committee No.1. • Citizen engagement through formation and strengthening of legislative watch committee (LWCs) and district pressure groups (DPGs), build their capacities in annual development planning and budgeting of KP, Local Government Act 2013, RTI Act 2013 and role of legislators and legislature. • Capacity building of 14 women and men MPAs in LGA 2013, RTI 2013 and KP Annual Development Budget and Planning. • Formation of 8 major political parties caucus for reforms and legislation. Under an MOU with KP Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) Pak Women achieved; 1. Gender Audit of three departments i.e. Social Welfare, Special Education and Women Empowerment Department, Home Department and Agriculture Department. Passed three resolutions from KP PA on elimination of MMR, inclusion of development schemes as per need of development priorities for women in social welfare department and increase of quota for women from 10% to 15% in agriculture department. 2. Submitted bill on “The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elimination of Causes of Maternal and New Born Death Bill 2018, on the basis of research study conducted for WPC. 3. Submitted resolution on restructuring of nurses structure in KP on the basis of research study conducted for WPC.
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