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Women’s Empowerment

  • Why women & Girls
  • What about men & Boys?
  • Violence against women (GBV)
  • Legal support on GBV
  • Advocacy & Awareness for gender rights
  • Gender Uplift innovations
  • Child Marriage
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Human rights sensitization

Despite the formulation of several women protection laws and policies during the decade, Pakistan has been registering an alarming increase in violence against women. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and other survey reports present the increasing number of GBV cases in Pakistan. This conveys a negative picture of the human rights situation in Pakistan to the international community.

Nearly half of the total population in Pakistan comprises women yet they continue to be victims of gender based violence, early marriages and denied the basic right to education, health and political participation.

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world, with a Gender-related Development Index ranking of 125th out of 169 countries, and a Gender Empowerment Measure rank of99 out of 109 countries.

Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan

Capacity of Pakistani Organizations to Carry Out Gender Equity Initiatives.

Gender Equity – Justice and Governance in Pakistan.

The Constitution of Pakistan has significant human rights content, but it is expensive for individuals in terms of time, effort and finances to approach the judiciary to protect fundamental rights. Moreover, the sensitivity and compassion of the judiciary needs serious re-examination. Despite laws, women in Pakistan suffer from overt and covert forms of violence and no focused interventions geared towards impact indicators could be found.

CORE OBJECTIVES OF Mankind EFFORETS

Political advocacy to encourage the government to re-examine all discriminatory laws and to.

Implement legislation explicitly criminalizing domestic violence.

Funding for the following key areas: long-term gender sensitization of critical state organs; training of health professionals to address gender-based violence and improve forensic sciences; upgrade physical facilities and equipment; design programs with NGOs to provide basic services for victims and survivors of violence; the eventual expansion, quality assessment and monitoring of services; alliances and networking with grassroots NGOs.

Recognizing research gaps and allocating funds for a detailed mapping study.

Specific recommendations include women-exclusive interventions, such as restoring their rightful role in public life, society and the family by eradicating gender-based violence; educational programs for law enforcement and health professionals; and the establishment of specific service delivery points. The media must be recruited to build indigenous perspectives and prescriptions on addressing gender-based violence. Men must be engaged in ending gender-based violence.

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Women around the world are more likely to live in poverty – just because they are women. They have less access to land, education, income and decision-making – all of which keeps them poor.

Mankind puts women and women’s rights at the centre of all our work because we believe this inequality is an injustice we must fight. And we believe that gender is critical to understanding the causes of poverty and injustice.

We work with women across the Pakistan to identify the changes they want to see and to empower them to claim their rights.

Mankind also defends the rights of women and girls to live free from gender-based violence; to secure a fairer division of care work and to control their own sexuality.

We believe that women are powerful forces for change. In everything we do, Mankind believes the best way to end poverty is to strengthen women in their own struggles, helping them to unleash their own potential to change the world.

Our women’s rights work focuses on five key areas:

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Women and girls around the world face widespread violence, sexual harassment and abuse in many of the spaces that they populate – their homes, workplaces, on the streets and on public transport. Women’s fear of violence is an attack on their basic rights and prevents them from living full and equal lives.

Women’s fear of violence is an attack on their basic rights and prevents them from living full and equal lives.

Women and girls around the world face widespread violence, sexual harassment and abuse in many of the spaces that they populate – their homes, workplaces, on the streets and on public transport.

Our focus is on empowering women to challenge these barriers, to break the cycle of poverty and violence. We are therefore working with women and girls to identify the changes they want to see in their homes, communities and schools – such as challenging early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation, as well as rejecting all forms of violence.

ECONOMIC RIGHTS

Despite the formulation of several women protection laws and policies during the decade, Pakistan has been registering an alarming increase in violence against women. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and other survey reports present the increasing number of GBV cases in Pakistan. This conveys a negative picture of the human rights situation in Pakistan to the international community.

Nearly half of the total population in Pakistan comprises women yet they continue to be victims of gender based violence, early marriages and denied the basic right to education, health and political participation.

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world, with a Gender-related Development Index ranking of 125th out of 169 countries, and a Gender Empowerment Measure rank of99 out of 109 countries.

We are of the strong conviction that equal rights and opportunities for women, and their full participation in society and decision-making, are vital for international security and stability, for prosperity, and for stable a growth. Women’s rights are human rights. Equality between men and women is one of the foundations of the democracy and the rule of law.

WOMEN’S CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN BODIES.

Mankind works with women to stop female genital mutilation, early or forced marriage, sex selective abortion, dowry-related crimes, honor crimes and many other harmful practices.

Every woman has the right to make choices regarding their own sexuality and reproduction, and the right to access information and services needed to support these choices and optimize health.

Denying women this control over their bodies underlies and sustains women’s economic, political, social and sexual subordination.

Yet throughout the world women and girls are forced to endure cruel, so-called “traditional” or “cultural” practices that deny these rights and cause them great suffering and harm.

MOBILIZING WOMEN

Every year we work with partners and women’s rights organizations to mobilize communities, connect women, men, girls and boys to demand further change to ensure women and girls around the world can enjoy their rights.

Women are powerful drivers for change, and at Mankind we work with women to help them to unleash their own potential to change the world.

We work with women to identify the changes they want to see and to empower them to challenge barriers to enjoyment of their rights.

Mankind’s join with women and like-minded organizations across the Pakistan and globe each year to celebrate events such as International Women’s Day, 16 Days of Activism and One Billion Rising.

Promoting women’s rights is something we do every day at Action Aid, and mobilizing around such events reminds us that women all over the world have rights to a life of dignity, and allows us to contribute to the struggle for gender equality and gender justice.

WOMEN FARMERS

Mankind supports women producers to start up and lead collectives so that they can enjoy their economic rights.

Across the world, millions of people, particularly women, need secure access to land, resources and supportive policies from their governments.

Having secure access to and control over land increases peoples’ resilience in the face of hunger and poverty, enabling them to look into ways to manage them sustainable. Alongside access to land, security of land tenure is also important to ensure the right to food and other human rights, such as the rights to work and housing.

Together with our partners, we are working at all levels with rural women to strengthen their control over land and natural resources, as well as build their capacity to adapt to climate change. We are focusing on documenting and sharing best practices, raising awareness on corporate land grabs and their implications, building support bases and networks and campaigning for policy changes.