Trainings on Gender Mainstreaming and Communication Skills for DSWOs

WEPP-KP conducted two 2-days Training on Gender Mainstreaming and Communication Skills on 31 December 2020 – 1 January 2021 and 16-17 March 2021 respectively for selected DSWOs from 11 districts of KP with an aim to orient the DSWOs on existing national and provincial gender priorities and commitments. It equipped them with an understanding of the present gender priorities and also enhance knowledge on relevant KP laws and on the role of DCSW.   (See Table 17 for training participants). Topics regarding the core issues of gender faced by women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its solution, KPCSW mandate and role of DCSWs, key areas of cooperation and partnership by SW, SE & WED regarding the resolution of women related issues through advocacy and reviewing the new and existing pro-women laws in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gender Mainstreaming and communication skills were covered. Participants have been informed regarding the gender responsive communication skills needed in personal and professional life. They have also been informed about the gender issues and their solution in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Representatives from KPCSW discussed the role of KPCSW and DCSWs. Legal Expert from Law Department discussed the Compendium of Laws, legal procedures, and status of current Bills and Acts regarding women in KP Assembly.

International Women’s Day 2021 Events

The project in collaboration with SW, SE & WED and KPCSW arranged three events for celebrating International Women’s Day 2021 in SW, SE & WED in Mardan, SW, SE & WED in Charsadda and with WPC & KPCSW in Swabi in March 2021. The purpose of these events was to raise awareness regarding women related laws and rights in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the services available for women in case of GBV issues. Moreover, DCSWs networking was also developed with DSWO. They have also been sensitized regarding the roles and responsibilities of KPCSW and DCSW. Women MPAs extensively participated in these events and addressed the community women. Women MPAs highlighted the recently passed Act on Domestic Violence Act 2021 in KP Assembly. Events on International Women’s Day received massive electronic and social media coverage.

Success Story of Ms. Zulhajja Ilyas on International Women’s Day 2021

WEPP-KP’s Activities Background with LGS, LCB of the GoKP

Local Governance School (LGS) functions under the Local Council Board (LCB) of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (GoKP). LGS provides pre-post promotion and other capacity-building trainings to the employees of the LCB including Town Municipal Administrations (TMAs). Capacity building on Gender Mainstreaming of the LCB being associated directly with the community people including women was very important, so Women’s Empowerment & Political Participation project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (WEPP-KP) provided technical support to the LGS in developing their website for communication and uploading of learning materials, an online training platform for COVID-19 and women of far-off places and arranged Training of Trainers (TOT) on Gender Mainstreaming (GM) in September 2020.

Beneficiary Introduction

Ms. Zulhajja Ilyas is a Town Officer Regulations (TOR) in Town II, Town Municipal Administration (TMA), Peshawar. She is working in a leading role in TMA and is responsible to check whether the local population and businesses are following the government laws or not and imposed fine on them in case of non-compliance with laws. She joined as the first women officer in a leading role in Town II, TMA Peshawar, so she experienced irrational attitude from her male colleagues in the beginning period of her posting. She is an employee of TMA has been nominated by LGS for TOT on GM supported by WEPP-KP. As per the action plan prepared at the end of TOT, each Master Trainer had to deliver a one-day session on GM in their respective TMA or office to its staff and officers. She shared the below-mentioned impact of the TOT and the session she delivered as Master Trainer with WEPP-KP:

Impact of the TOT and Session on GM as Master Trainer of the WEPP-KP

“I am blessed that WEPP-KP and Government of Canada have provided me an opportunity to attend three days TOT on Gender Mainstreaming at Local Governance School, Peshawar”.

I joined Town II, TMA Peshawar as the first women officer in the leading role. The office was entirely male-dominated and I faced multiple challenges in the form of an irrational attitude of male colleagues. Very soon I analyzed that the problem with male colleagues was; they didn’t know how to deal with a woman colleague and how to obey a woman’s orders in the office. I didn’t have the confidence and skills on how to deal with the issue and create a women-friendly working environment. I was more conscious of the issue since I was foreseeing more women joining the office. So, I always dreamed of creating women working-friendly environment.

I am very thankful to WEPP-KP that they trained and involved me as the Master Trainer on Gender Mainstreaming. My knowledge and skills were enhanced on gender mainstreaming tools, Pakistani Laws for women protection, Protection of Women against Harassment Act at Workplace act. Training boosted up my confidence level by involving me in group presentations and I felt more vocal, confident and central part of the office. Furthermore, I was assigned to conduct the one-day session on gender mainstreaming as the Master Trainer in my own office. Even though I faced a lot of hard responses from my male colleagues during the session but ultimately the conducting of the session was worth it and I feel that their attitude changed positively after that session and now I am confident to lead more women to work in the government offices.”

Success Story of Ms. Fazeelat Jehan on International Women’s Day 2021

WEPP-KP’s Activities Background with SP&GM Section, P&DD-KP

The Planning and Development Department (P&DD) is the parent department of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (GoKP) for leading all the development projects working under GoKP. P&DD has recently established Social Protection & Gender Mainstreaming (SP&GM) section in its department for incorporating gender and screening the development projects from the gender and social protection lens. Women’s Empowerment & Political Participation project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (WEPP-KP) with the financial support of the Government of Canada is working for women empowerment and its political participation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2019, partnered with the SP&GM section of the P&DD in 2020 for providing technical support to the Section in the form of capacity building trainings on multiple gender related themes and also in designing of its 5-Year Strategic Plan, Communication Plan and Public Relationing Toolkit for streamlining its activities and initiatives for next five year and improve the outreach of its initiatives within the community and government departments. In this regard, WEPP-KP trained the officials of the SP&GM section on Gender Responsive Leadership, Management and Communication Skills in December 2020. Designing of 5-Years Strategic, Communication Plan and Public Relationing Toolkit is also in progress.

Beneficiary Introduction

Ms. Fazeelat Jehan is Chief of the SP&GM Section, P&DD-KP. She is leading the section in all its initiatives including designing of 5-Year Strategic Plan, Communication Plan and Public Relationing Toolkit with the technical support of the WEPP-KP. She was trained by WEPP-KP in December 2020 on Gender Responsive Leadership, Management and Communication Skills. She shared the below-mentioned impact of the training provided by WEPP-KP:

Impact of Gender Responsive Leadership, Management and Communication Skills Training shared by Ms. Fazeelat Jehan with WEPP-KP

“I was sitting on my office table alone with a Piece of Paper in front, glancing at it with deep thoughts”. WEPP-KP team enters the office for congratulating me on the establishment of the SP&GM section and my appointment as Chief of the Section. I shared my teaching with the WEPP-KP team regarding moving forward effectively, efficiently and sustainably with limited resources for guidance. They discussed the Section’s Terms of References (TORs) in detail and guided me where can I approach resource hunting.”

“I along with other women Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs of the P&DD-KP was invited for the training on gender-responsive leadership, management and communication skills on 15-17 December 2020 arranged by WEPP-KP. In response to the learning, I got from the training and being the chief of the SP&GM Section, now I am now leading the Section more efficiently in designing the 5-Year Strategic Plan, Communication Strategy, and Public Relationing Toolkit with the support of WEPP-KP. These three milestones are building blocks for the gender section and they will play a key role in mainstreaming gender in all government departments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as P&DD is the parent department leading all the development project working under Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

I am very thankful for WEPP-KP and Government of Canada for their support for the Section.”

 

Documentary: International Women’s Day 2021 – WEPP Stories

On International Women’s Day 2021, Women’s Empowerment & Political Participation project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (WEPP-KP) presents valuable contributions of the project stakeholders for  women’s empowerment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

DSWOs Sessions on Gender Mainstreaming

WEPP-KP conducted 2-days training on Gender Mainstreaming and Communication Skills for selected DSWOs in January 2021. All the training participants shared their action plans for conducting one-day sessions in their respective offices and districts on gender mainstreaming to the staff, officers, academia and community members. In response to that action plan, 11 DSWOs as MTs conducted 13 one-day orientations on GM in five districts of KP in their respective offices in January – February 2021. The districts include; Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Charsadda and Swabi. Considering the events conducted in women related government offices and girl’s schools, women’s participation in these events was good and at least half of participants were women in these events. It was the first ever event on gender mainstreaming in the majority of locations where events were conducted and participants shared their experiences regarding issues faced by women in their respective villages and neighborhood. Master Trainers sensitized them regarding gender issues, how to resolve them and which options are available for women within the province both from the public and private sector regarding addressing issues. DCSW Members were have also been involved as participants in these events.

Office Supplies and Equipment for Gender Cell of SW, SE & WED

On the request of the Social Welfare, Special Education & Women Empowerment Department (SW, SE & WED), Women Empowerment & Political Participation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (WEPP-KP) procured and delivered one Laptop, one Desktop Computer, one Photocopier Machine, and two Cupboards for files and folders to the Gender Cell on 15th February 2021.

Validation Workshop with SP&GM Section of P&DD-KP for Communication Strategy and Plan

After the successful development of the Communication Strategy and toolkit for the KPCSW, the SP&GM section of P&DD-KP also requested WEPP-KP the same for itself. The project hired the services of a consultant firm and supported the Section in developing the Communication Strategy, communication plan, and public relationing (PR) toolkit. The Section is newly established so they needed a strategy and plan for highlighting its efforts for gender inclusion in the development projects and also its outreach in the government departments and public domain. The project has conducted a thorough review of its existing and future communication needs and also conducted a validation workshop for the finalization of the communication plan and strategy. The project has successfully finalized the Communication Strategy, communication plan, and PR toolkit for the Section in this reporting period.

Meeting with WPC Members for DCSW notification

Due to improved cooperation, WEPP-KP conducted a meeting with women MPAs of WPC on 27th January 2021 at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly for the support in the notification of DCSWs that was the hurdle in smooth implementation of the project activities. WPC assures its full support for the notification of DCSWs.