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Women Empowerment & Political Participation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (WEPP-KP)

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) signed a contribution agreement with Cowater International for the implementation of the Women Empowerment & Political Participation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (WEPP-KP) project in March 2019.  WEPP-KP will be delivered over 3.5 years (2019-2023) and will work in collaboration with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the Status of Women (KPCSW), the provincial Social Welfare, Special Education and Women Empowerment Department (SW, SE & WED) and Social Protection and Gender Mainstreaming Section (SP&GM) Section of the Planning and Development Department (P&DD) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The WEPP-KP aims to increase the political empowerment and enjoyment of rights by women, particularly young and marginalized women and those at-risk in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), by pursuing improved gender responsive and inclusive systems of governments, democratic institutions and civil society organizations, nationally and sub-nationally, and increased and equitable participation of women in democratic processes and public life, particularly young and marginalized women. Through increased political empowerment, the rights, interests and needs of women, girls and other marginalized segments of the population will be represented in government laws, policies and programs, creating an enabling environment for the equitable distribution of and access to crucial resources, and contributing to the alleviation of poverty for women, men, girls, and boys throughout KP

Technical Assistance to Government Departments on Gender Equality for Women Empowerment & Political Participation

a. Review & Improvement of Internal Procedures
b. Carrying out Gender Analysis in Program/Policy/Budget
c. Developing Gender Tool Kit
d. Reporting on Gender Assessments & Audits

Training of Government Departments on Gender Equality for Women Empowerment & Political Participation

a. Evidence-based Research regarding Gender Equality

b. Leadership Skills

c. Advocacy, Legal, and Policy Review

d. Gender Equality & Gender Mainstreaming

e. Development of Gender Responsive Bills, Policies, and Programs

f. Dialogue and Mobilization of Community Members and Local Leader

Enhance Communication Strategy of Government Departments on Gender Equality for Women Empowerment & Political Participation

a. Development & Implementation of Inclusive Stakeholder’s Engagement Plan

b. Development & Implementation of Communication Plan

c. Improve Participation of Women among Community & Leaders

Why we do

Alignment with Government Policies

At the national level, the Women Empowerment & Political Participation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (WEPP-KP) is aligned with the 2010 decentralization of responsibilities under Pakistan’s 18th constitutional amendment, and with the first pillar of the Pakistan Vision 2025 Putting People First: Developing Human and Social Capital, which aims to create an enabling environment for the development of women’s full potential, and to integrate the most vulnerable and marginalized segments of society. It also aligns with a key recommendation of the 2016 joint UN Women / National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) status report: Women’s Economic Participation and Empowerment in Pakistan to strengthen women’s agency by building their social capital, leadership, and decision-making status and by developing initiatives that address social norms hindering women’s participation in economic, social and political spheres. One of the top priorities in the strategic plan of the NCSW is to work with lawmakers, parliamentarians and other decision makers for the promotion of laws and regulations aimed at empowering women in the social, economic and political spheres. At the provincial level, the project is anchored in the mandate of the KPCSW, the main objective of which is to oversee the implementation of laws, policies and programs related to women and propose new measures where gaps exist. It is also aligned with the GoKP’s 2017 Women Empowerment Policy, developed jointly by Social Welfare, Special Education, Women Empowerment department and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on Status of Women which, among other objectives, encourages women’s equal participation in all political processes.

Workforce for Women Empowerment