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12»The Girl Child

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14»Women's Literature

15»Religious Fundamentalism and Women's Oppression

16»Gender Issues

17»Women's Reproductive Rights & Population Issues

18»Women and the Law

19»Women Employment

20»Women Empowerment

21» Gender & Development

22»Women & Agriculture

23»Rural Women

24»Women & the Religion

25»Human Rights

26»Human Development

27»Quotes and Sayings on Women

28»Gender Data Bank

29»Gender Responsive Budgeting

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Advocacy and Research Oriented Organizations



Applied Social Research (registered in 1983)
Asr was set up in 1983 as a multidisciplinary, multidimensional group working towards socio-political transformation. ASR's point of departure has been to reexamine and redefine the political and developmental processes which people themselves identify, articulate and struggle for.
For further information email: asr@brain.net.pk and asr@lhr.comsats.net.pk

Aurat Publication and Information Service Foundation (registered in 1986)
Some goals of the Foundation are to assist women to acquire greater control over knowledge, resources, and institutions; facilitate women's greater participation in political processes and governance; transform social attitudes and behavior for a responsive and supportive social environment to address women's concerns and development; develop an enabling environment with strong civil society organizations to support women at the community level and district levels; undertake advocacy with public servants and public representatives for gender responsive development planning, supportive legislation and increasing women's access to government services.
Major projects undertaken with regard to women include Needs Assessment Among Rural Women in Pakistan (1997 to date); establishment of 3000 information network Centers (1996-2002); Shelter for Women in Peshawar (1995 to date) and Strengthening the Democratic Electoral process in Pakistan with a focus on women's empowerment (1997- 2000)
Further information at: www.af.org.pk

Simorgh- Women's Resource and Publication Centre (est. and registered in 1985)
A woman's resource and publication center. Simorgh is mainly concerned with women and development and women and religion. It was formed in response to the promulgation of retrogressive and discriminatory legislation, Simorgh¹s main focus was research on women by women in order to free both women and men from the dominance of ideas that support social and economic divisions on the basis of gender, class, religion, race and nationality. Its area of operation is all over Pakistan. Major projects undertaken for women include Violence against Women (1998) and Gender Equality and the Judiciary (1996-todate).
Further information at: www.simorghpk.org

Shirkat Gah- Women's Resource Centre (est. 1975)
The group was set up as a pressure cum lobby and consciousness raising group. It was later expanded to include women's development concerns, networking, income generating projects and non-formal education. Some of the issues it focuses on are violence against women, work and women's health and environment. Its area of operation is NWFP (Peshawar), Punjab (Faisalabad, Lahore), Sindh (Hyderabad, Karachi). Major projects undertaken for women include Women, Law and Status: Discriminatory Customary practices Against Women (1993), Women and Sustainable Development: Intergenerational Transfer of knowledge and Further information at: www.shirkatgah.org
 

 

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (est. and registered 1992).
SDPI's mission is to catalyze the transition towards sustainable development, defined as the enhancement of peace, social justice and well being, within and across generations. It is an independent, non-profit, non-government research institute established to provide advice to public, private and voluntary organizations, and to undertake advocacy on issues of public interest. Its research publications on women include "Women and Local Government",
"Language and Feminist Issues in Pakistan", "Mohajir Women's Sense of Identity and Nationhood"," Women, Work and Empowerment" and "Afghan Women and the Reproduction of Patriarchy".
Further information at: www.sdpi.org

Women's Action Forum (est. -)
Strictly speaking this is not an NGO, but a network, which is run by a working committee. It acts as a pressure group, holds demonstrations and collaborates with NGOs on issues related to women in Pakistan.
Further information at: http://aphy.ku.edu.pk/resources/res2001/afsheenkamal/w_organization.htm

Social Policy & Development Center (SPDC)
The Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) is a non-profit, policy research institute which was established in April 1995 as a limited company with headquarters in Karachi and Liaison Office in Islamabad, Pakistan. SPDC has made significant intellectual contribution in placing issues of pro-poor growth and social development on Pakistan’s policy-making agenda. Main areas identified for research are: poverty, inequality, governance, provincial finances, social sector policies, gender issues and pro-poor macroeconomic policy. Further information at: www.Spdc.org.pk

Systems Oriented Health Investment Program (SOHIP)
Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), SOHIP aims to strengthen systems for improved health care service provision in the context of devolution. The four-year project will work to improve the ability of health services to be more gender-sensitive and pro-poor, through a dual focus on health promotion and on management and accountability in the health system. The formal outcome result statement for SOHIP is to help produce strengthened management and accountability systems for effective delivery of gender-sensitive, pro-poor health services integrating prevention and health promotion in Punjab province, as demonstrated in selected districts. Further information at: www.Sohip.org.pk

Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development & Transparency (PILDAT)
PILDAT is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit indigenous research and training institution with the mission to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan. PILDAT has been actively engaged with building the capabilities of elected Legislators towards a better discharge of their functions of Legislation, Representation and Oversight. PILDAT regularly conducts training/briefing workshops and sessions for Legislators belonging to the National and Provincial Assemblies as well as the Senate. As a non-partisan political research institution, PILDAT regularly prepares well-researched briefing/background papers and Case Studies for Pakistani Parliamentarians, Parliamentary Staff and politicians on crucial policy issues. Further information at: www.pildat.org
Decentralization Support Program (DSP)
The Decentralization Support Programme is an initiative of the Government of Pakistan, being implemented with the partial funding support of Asian Development Bank, to carry forward reforms in the areas of decentralization, fiscal restructuring and local governance. It is an innovative, demand-driven and output oriented program , serving a range of clients at all level of governments. DSP's objective is improved local government representation; accountability and efficiency, resulting in improved service delivery. Further information at: www.decentralization.org

Gender Reform Action Plan (GRAP)
GRAP stands for Gender Reform Action Plan. There are five GRAPs one for each province and one for the National/Federal level. In February, 2000, the Government of Pakistan requested the Asian Development Bank for technical assistance in preparing Gender Reform Programme to improve the framework of gender policies and to develop institutional reform proposals outlining interventions at the federal, provincial and district level, for a proactive approach to include gender perspectives in public sector policies, programmes and projects.  As a consequence, Gender Reform Programme was launched in August 2002. Further information at: www.grap.gop.pk

PATTAN Development Organization
Pattan is a registered not-for-profit organization and works with the socially, politically and economically marginalized communities in Pakistan, with a focus to perk up governance deficiencies in Pakistan and encourages a collective feat for policy and structural change through mobilization and institutional development, networking and advocacy, capacity building and awareness. Pattan addresses various thematic areas covering Disaster Reduction, Democracy and Governance, Women Empowerment, Youth and Volunteerism, Election Analysis and Observation and, Arts and Culture. Further information at: www.pattan.org

Human Rights

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (1986)
Mandate includes work for the ratification and implementation by Pakistan of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of other related Charters, Covenants, Protocols, Resolutions, Recommendations and internationally adopted norms; to promote studies in the field of human rights and mobilize public opinion in favor of accepted norms through all available media and forums, and to carry out every category of activity to further the cause;
Further information available at: www.hrcp-web.org

Citizen's Commission for Human Development (1985)
CCHD is a development organization with multi-sectoral programmes, to achieve and improve the current development goal s towards poverty alleviation, empowerment of the disadvantaged, human and civic ecology and sustainability both in the urban and rural settings.
Further information at: www.crm.sdnpk.org/pngo/cchd.htm

 

 

The Network for Consumer Protection (1992)
Mission Statement: To protect and promote the interest of all Pakistani consumers: by educating them about their rights; by providing them independent information about goods and services; and by informing them about government's performance as protector of their rights, especially the poor consumers. To promote the interest of consumers by facilitating their organization and by advocating for pro-consumer policies that also address structural inequities. The organization also promotes responsible and sustainable consumption practices in society, as well as the development of alternative systems.
Further information available at: www.thenetwork.org.pk

Mehboob-ul-Haq Human Development Foundation
Under the umbrella of the Foundation for Human Development in Pakistan, Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre was set up in November 1995 in Islamabad, Pakistan by the late Dr. Mahbub ul Haq, founder and chief architect of UNDP Human Development Reports.
It was with a vision to promote human development in South Asia that Dr. Haq set up the Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre in November 1995 in Islamabad as a policy research institute and think tank with a special focus on South Asia. The annual reports on Human Development in South Asia were initiated in 1997. The purpose of these reports is to convince the governments and the civil society in the region of the real promise of South Asia by presenting an honest and professional appraisal of the situation each year. Further information at: http://www.mhhdc.org

Service Delivery Organizations:

Aahung (registered in 1995 - Health)
Its areas of operation are Sibi, Peshawar, and Gujranwala.
Major projects undertaken include Karachi Reproductive Health Project (1995-99) and AIDS Awareness Programme (1997-1999)
For further information www.aahung.org

Adult Basic Education Society (registered in 1972) Education
Its areas of operation are Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Lahore. Major projects undertaken include Non-formal Education for Girls (1998-2001) in the Gujranwala Division and Multi grade Teaching Training (1998-2001) carried out in the Rawalpindi Division.
Further information at: http://abes.cjb.net

Agha Khan Health Services Pakistan (est. 1924 registered in 1986) Health
Its areas of operation are NWFP (Mardan, Peshawar and Chitral), Punjab (Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur), Sindh (Sukkur, Hyderabad,Mirpurkhas, Karachi) and Balochistan (Gawadar). Major projects undertaken with regard to women include implementation of Family Health Program (2000) and Reproductive Health Program (2000).
For further information email: akhspho@cyber.net.pk

 

All Pakistan Women's Association (est. 1949, registered in 1965) Health and Economic Welfare
APWA is a non-political organization whose fundamental aim is to safeguard the moral, social and economic welfare of women and children in Pakistan.
Further information at: www.un.org.pk/unic/apwa.htm

Association for Creation of Employment (est. and registered 1997) (Economic
Welfare, Micro Credit)
Its areas of operation are Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat and Bannu in the NWFP. Major projects undertaken with regard to women include Training and Employment of Women (1997). The thematic area for this project was business and micro credit and it was carried out in Hazara (NWFP).
Further information at: http://acepakistan.bizland.com

Baanh Beli (established and registered 1987) (Education, health and Economic
Welfare)
Its area of operation is Sindh (Mirpurkhas and Karachi). Major projects undertaken with regard to women include Village community Development Project Nagarparkar (1992-99) which focused on saving and credit, female education and female health care; Central Tharparkar Village Community Development project Taluka Mithi and Diplo (1996-2000) which had female education as a thematic area; Northern Tharparkar Village community.
Development Project (1996-98) which focused on female education and Rural Karachi Ujagar Project (2000) which focused on developing primary schools for girls and female health care. For further information email: mnj@cyber.net.pk

Bedari (est and registered 1992)(Psychological Welfare)
Its area of operation is the federal area. Major projects undertaken with regard to women include Crisis Counseling program, which focuses on domestic violence and theater performances in villages, and the Self Growth Program for Women.
For further information email: mybedari2002@yahoo.com

Behbud Association (1970)
Its efforts are concentrated on women's development in health, education, vocational training and income generating schemes. Its area of operation is Sindh (Karachi). Major projects undertaken with regard to women include Education Project (1971), Skill Training (1971), Distress and Rehabilitation (1971), Health (1976) and Reproductive health (1985). All these projects were carried out in Karachi.
Further information at: http://xiber.com/behbud

Bunyad Literacy Community Council (est. and registered in 1994)
Its area of operation is Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur). Major projects undertaken with regard to women include Women Development Project (1998) carried out in Multan/Hafizabad, and Women's Empowerment for Poverty Alleviation
(1999). Further information at: www.brain.net.pk/bunyad

 

Caritas (est. 1965, registered 1980) (Education, Vocational Training)
Its area of operation is all of Pakistan. Major projects undertaken with regard to women include Social Awareness for Women ( 1998), Handicraft Centers for Women ( 1998) and Education for Working Girls (1998). All these projects were carried out in Punjab (Lahore).
Further information at: www.brain.net.pk/~caritas

De Laas Gul Welfare Program (est in 1976, registered in 1988) (Vocational Training)
Its area of operation is the NWFP (Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, DI Khan) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas ( Bajaur Agency, Mohmand Agency , Khyber Agency). Major projects undertaken for women include Training of Rural Women in
Tailoring (1997 to date). It is being carried out in villages of Peshawar, District Swabi and Bannu.
For further information email: delaasgul@hotmail.com

Development Association of Youth Balochistan (est. 1994, registered 1995) (Health) Its area of operation is Balochistan (Quetta, Sibbi). Major projects undertaken for women include Female Reproductive health Project (1998-99) carried out in Sibi.
For further information email: rehman@day.qta.sdnpk.undp.org

Family Planning Association of Pakistan (est. 1953 registered 1965) (Health)
FPAP came into being with a commitment to responsible parenthood. Later on it enlarged its scope to cover complete sexual and reproductive health of the whole family. Its areas of operation are NWFP (Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat), Punjab (Sargodha, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur), Sindh (Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Karachi, Balochistan (Quetta, Mekran) and Islamabad. Major projects undertaken for women include
Unsafe Abortions Project (1998), Norplant Implants (1997) and Men as partners (1999).
Further information at: www.brain.net.pk/-fpapak

Health and Nutrition Development Society (est. 1979, registered 1993)
HANDS is working along with Community Based Organizations through primary and secondary health care, education promotion, community mobilization, gender development & micro credits programs. Its area of operation is Sindh( Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Karachi).
Further information at: www.hands4t.com

Health Education and Literacy Trust (est. 1987 registered in 1994) (Education and Health)
Its area of operation is all over Pakistan. Major projects undertaken for women include Female Community development Project (1998-2000) and Badian Female Health and Education Project (1998-2000) and a case study on Impact of Literacy on Women undertaken with UNESCO in 1993.
For further information email: heal@one.net.pk or healtrust-pk@yahoo.com

Kashf Foundation (est and registered in 1996) (Micro credit)
Its area of operation is Punjab (Lahore). Kashf Foundation was inspired by the success of the Grameen Bank in reaching out to poor women and is the first such replication of the Grameen Bank in Pakistan Its mission is to provide cost effective and quality microfinance services to poor women, by adding value to women's existing economic opportunities in order to enhance their role in economic and social decision-making.
Further information at: www.kashf.com

Khwendo Kor - Women and Children Development Program
Its area of operation is the North Western Frontier Province (Peshawar, Karak and Dir). Major projects undertaken for women include the Micro credit Programme( 1994) in Peshawar, and Khajwand Project on Education health and poverty Alleviation in Karak.
For further information email: khwendokor@hotmail.com

Marie Stopes Society (est and registered in 1990)
Its area of operation is NWFP (Peshawar), Balochistan (Mekran), Punjab (Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, DG Khan) and Sindh (Sukkur, Karachi).
Major projects undertaken for women include the Reproductive Health Project being carried out in Sukkur, Peshawar and DG Khan.
For further information email: mss@cyber.net.pk

Maternity and Child Welfare Association of Pakistan (est 1961, registered 1963)
Its area of operation is NWFP (Mardan, Peshawar), Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore and Multan), Sindh (Larkana, Sukkur, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas) and Northern areas (Skardu)
Major projects undertaken for women include Male Involvement in Family Planning and Reproductive Health undertaken in 2000 Research project on Acceptability of Contraceptives((2000).
Further information at www.mcwap.cjb.net

Maternity and Child Welfare Association, Sindh Chapter (est 1971 registered 1972) Its area of operation is Sindh (Shikarpur, Khipro, Kunri, Chachro and Karachi). Major Projects undertaken for women include Project on Teaching of Reproductive health in Schools of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health and a research study on evaluation of Nurses Training in Pakistan.
For further information email: mcwas@cyber.net.pk

Mothers Trust (est and registered in 1992)
Its area of operation is Sindh (Larkana). Major projects undertaken for women include the establishment of a vocational school (1997), and a micro credit program (1997-98).For further information: ph: 0741-444514

National Research and Development Foundation (est. and registered 1993)
Its area of operation is the NWFP (Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar and Kohat). Major projects undertaken for women include Ulema and Women's Rights Project (1998) undertaken in Mansehra an Ulema and Gender Gap in Primary Education (1999) carried out in Kohat
For further information email; nrdf@psh.paknet.com or tahseen@nrdf-t.pwr.sdnpk.undp.org

National Rural Support Programme (est and registered in 1991)
Its areas of operation are Balochistan (Kech), NWFP (Malakand, Mardan), and Punjab (Rawalpindi, Khushab and Multan). D G Khan, Bahawalpur, Vehari, Lodhran), Sindh (Mirpurkhas) and Islamabad. It offers a credit system facility.
For further information email: gmnrsp@isb.comsats.net.pk

Orangi Charitable Trust (est 1985, registered 1987)
Its area of operation is Punjab (Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Lahore, Jhelum, Multan) and Sindh (Larkana, Hyderabad, Karachi, Thatta, Badin). It offers a credit system facility.
For further information phone: 021-6685021/6665696

Organization for Participatory Development (est. and registered 1992)
Its area of operation is Punjab (Gujranwala) Major projects undertaken for women include Maternal and Reproductive Health Project (1997-98) and Female Entrepreneurs (1999). It also offers a micro credit facility.
For further information email: opd@paknet4.ptc.pk

Pakistan Federation of Business and Professional Women (est. 1954)
An advocacy and pressure group with a social welfare and development orientation. Concerned to raise status (including economic status) of women by ensuring equal opportunities in education, training, and employment. Its area of operation is NWFP (Peshawar), Punjab (Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Lahore), Sindh (Hyderabad, Karachi), Balochistan (Quetta) and Islamabad. Major projects undertaken for women include the establishment of a day care center in 2000.
Further information at:
http://aphy.ku.edu.pk/resources/res2001/afsheenkamal/w_organization.htm

Pakistan Foundation Fighting Blindness (est and registered 1988)
It works for physically challenged people across Pakistan.
Major projects undertaken for women include the Darakshan project: a resource and rehabilitation cetre for physically challenged women. This center prvides free pick and drop facility, free of cost provision of items of personal use such as wheel chairs and white canes; training programs in mobility, identification of currency, vocational training (tailoring, knitting, cooking) etc, medical care and psychological counseling for women with physical disabilities.
For further information: www.pffb.org.pk

Pakistan Women Lawyers Association (est. 1980, registered 1981)
PAWLA is a non-government organization delivering professional legal services and economic counseling to women by means of networking with legal bodies, the government, donors and NGOs. Its area of operation is NWFP (Peshawar), Punjab (Rawalpindi), Sindh (Karachi), Balochistan (Quetta). Major projects undertaken for women include Legal Aid
Project (1981-2000), Jail Project (1990-2000) and Legal Awareness Project (1988-2000), and a book series "Khawateen aur Qanoon"(Women and the Legal System)
Further information at: www.pawla.sdnpk.org

Rozan (est. and registered 1998)
Its mission statement is to enhance the self-esteem of all people, especially women and children in order to work towards a society, which is aware, confidant and accepting of itself and others. Major projects undertaken for women include Zeest Resource Center geared towards the issue of violence against women and psychological counseling.
Further information at: www.rozan.org

Sungi Development Foundation (est. 1989)
Its mission statement is to bring about policy and institutional changes by mobilizing deprived and marginalized communities with a view to creating an environment in which communities at the local level may be able to transform their lives through the equitable and sustainable use of resources. Major projects undertaken for women include credit systems for poverty alleviation.
Further information at: www.sungi.org

War Against Rape (est. in 1989 registered in 1992)
Its area of operation is Sindh (Karachi). Major projects undertaken for women include Legal Aid to rape Victims (1998) and Counseling for Rape (1998).
For further information email: www.war.org.pk

Society for Advancement of Education (SAHE)
The Society for the Advancement of Education (SAHE) is a not- for-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1982 by a group of concerned citizens and academics to respond to the deteriorating standards of education. SAHE is one of the first NGOs to focus on the cause of accessible quality education for the disadvantaged in Pakistan and through its pioneering work has played a pivotal role in the civil society movement. For further information at: www.sahe.org.pk

National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP)
National Commission for Justice and Peace known as NCJP was formed in 1985 by the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference. NCJP have provided its services in the field of advocacy of human rights beyond religious and other discrimination. It has six regional offices (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, Hyderabad and Quetta) and the head office at Lahore, which provide legal aid and human rights education. Under the legal aid program, the commission provides legal counseling, financial assistance etc. to 50-60 high profile cases and about 50 where a prolonged litigation is not involved.  So far NCJP has dealt with about 800 cases during past 22 years. Further information at: http://www.ncjppk.org

Free & Fair Election network (FAFEN)
FAFEN’s mission is to support election monitoring and voter education in Pakistan that contributes to long-term civic engagement and monitoring of government accountability. FAFEN's objectives are to observe national, provincial, and local elections nationwide during the pre-polling, polling, and post-polling periods and to report on electoral fraud, violence, and any other problems that disenfranchise voters. Further information at: www.fafen.org

Alliance against Sexual Harassment (AASHA)
AASHA is an alliance of organizations that are committed to curb sexual harassment at workplace. It aims to raise awareness on the issue and assist the government and private sectors to create a society free of sexual harassment. AASHA's first initiative is directed towards taking active measures to mobilize and influence policy makers for providing protection to women at the work place and ensuring a safe and healthy working environment. Further information at www.aasha.org.pk

 

International Organizations:

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations, dedicated to advancing women’s rights and achieving gender equality. UNIFEM Pakistan provides its technical expertise in gender equality and women empowerment to strengthen the effectiveness, coordination and quality of outputs of the UN mission on gender equality. With its links with the global women’s movement and the re-establishment of a programme office in Pakistan, UNIFEM is uniquely positioned to support initiatives of the government leading towards a full realization of gender equality commitments in line with the National and International gender equality and human rights commitments such as the Beijing Platform for Action, CEDAW, Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals. Further information at: www.unifem.org, www.unifem.org.pk

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is an important partner of the Government of Pakistan for achieving national development goals and international commitments including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UNDP's works with the Government, civil society and development partners in four broad programmatic areas; Poverty Reduction and Gender, Democratic Governance, Energy and Environment and Crisis Prevention and Recovery. Further information at: www.undp.org, www.undp.org.pk

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
UNESCO functions as a laboratory of ideas and a standard-setter to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues. The Organization also serves as a clearinghouse – for the dissemination and sharing of information and knowledge – while helping Member States to build their human and institutional capacities in diverse fields. Further information at www.unesco.org

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. Further information at: www.who.int

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. Further information at www.unfpa.org

 

International Labour Organization (ILO)
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues. Further information at www.ilo.org, www.ilo.org.pk

The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; and international relations. Drawing on more than 50 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research. Further information at: www.asiafoundation.org

The World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Its mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors. Further information at: www.web.worldbank.org

Asian Development Bank
ADB is an international development finance institution whose mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. ADB's main partners are governments, the private sector, nongovernment organizations, development agencies, community-based organizations, and foundations. In Pakistan, ADB is working with the Government and the private sector to improve the country’s infrastructure, energy security, and basic public services. Aligned with national development objectives, ADB’s partnership priorities aim to attract investment, create industries and jobs, and improve the quality of life of citizens. Further information at: www.adb.org

Actionaid International
ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency whose aim is to fight poverty worldwide. It works with local partners to fight poverty and injustice worldwide, reaching over 13 million of the poorest and most vulnerable people over the last year alone, helping them fight for and gain their rights to food, shelter, work, education, healthcare and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. ActionAid Pakistan was formed in 1992. Since its inception, it has been working in partnership with local civil society organisations, Community groups and marginalised people to fight poverty and violation of human rights. ActionAid Pakistan lays emphasis on challenging patriarchy and inequity, and promoting democratic, accountable and responsive governance. Further information at: www.actionaid.org

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. Further information at: http://www.hrw.org

The Working Group on Girls (WGG)
The Working Group on Girls (WGG) and its International Network for Girls (INfG) are dedicated to promoting the rights of girls in all areas and stages of their lives, advancing the rights and status of girls and assisting them to develop their full potential as women. Further information at: http://www.girlsrights.org

German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
As an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, the federally owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives. It provides viable, forwardlooking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world. Working under difficult conditions, GTZ promotes complex reforms and change processes. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis. Further information at: http://www.gtz.de

Ministries

Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan
The Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan is a Federal Government institution, established under an Ordinance (XIV) of 1979. The commission introduces reforms in the administration of justice; adopting simple and effective procedure for the administration of laws to ensure substantial, inexpensive and speedy justice. It also Prepares and operates schemes for access to justice, legal aid and protection of human rights. Further information at: http://www.ljcp.gov.pk

Ministry of Population Welfare
The Population Welfare Program aims to bring about the country's social and economic development through rational choices about Family size and reproductive behavior. The focus of the Program is to consistently improve and enrich the lives of individuals, families and communities in accordance with the Reproductive Health program.  Further information at: http://www.mopw.gov.pk

Ministry of Social Welfare & Special Education
The Ministry, through its various Wings and Institutions and in consultation with stakeholders, NGOs and experts, prepare Action Plans/Projects for the welfare of needy people including special persons, women, children and senior citizens. It chalks out strategies to implement welfare policies and programmes. The Ministry has played an important role to bring civil society along the Government on various initiatives that aim at improving the plight of down trodden people. As a social sector focal point of the Government of Pakistan, it is doing advocacy of the Government policy and vision in the social sector and is lobbying among the stakeholders to achieve the set targets. The Ministry is also performing the role of coordinator by linking civil society’s initiatives with that of the Government. Further information at: http://202.83.164.26/wps/portal/Moswse

Ministry of Women Development
The Ministry of Women Development is a national focal Ministry for the advancement of women. It plays the role of advocate, planner and coordinator of women. It is responsible for formulation of policies and laws to meet the special needs of women ensuring that women interests and needs are adequately represented in public policy formulation by various organizations and agencies of government, promotion and undertaking of projects for development of women, matters relating to equality of opportunity in education, training, employment and facilities in health care and community development. Further information at: www.mowd.org.pk

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