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IMPARTING TRAINING & WORKSHOPS AT DISTRICT LEVEL GENDER REFORMS ACTION PLAN (GRAP)

MEDIA CELL

BENAZIR BHUTTO SHAHEED WOMEN CENTRES
DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTERS.
WOMEN COMPLAINT CELL WOMEN & JUVENILE PRISONERS COMMITTEE
BABY CHILD CARE TRAINING PROJECTS IN PROCESS 2007-8
DAY CARE CENTRE PROPOSED PROJECTS
SALES & DISPLAY RESOURCE CENTRE DONOR PROJECTS
PROPOSED WOMEN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS 2008-09

PROJECT BUDGET 08-09

PROJECT PROGRESS  MARCH 2009 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
SINDH WOMEN ECONOMIC RPOGRAMME (SWEP) ADVOCACY FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN SINDH    

ESTABLISHMENT OF WOMEN DEVELOPMENT
COMPLEX AT DIVISIONAL LEVEL IN SINDH 

ADVOCACY FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN SINDH          
ESTABLISHMENT OF WORKING WOMEN
HOSTEL AT KARACHI    
     
 
ESTABLISHMENT OF WORKING WOMEN HOSTEL IN DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS OF SINDH 
ESTABLISHMENT OF SHELTER HOMES AT
DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS IN SINDH.
BABY CHILD TRAINING IN ALL THE DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS OF SINDH AND 18 TOWNS IN KARACHI.
   

NATIONAL POLICY OF DEVELOPMENT & EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN

The National Policy of Development & Empowerment of Women is the major policy guideline for Development and Empowerment of Women. The Women Development Department embraces these guidelines in all the policies, programmes and projects.

KEY POLICY MEASURES FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN

  • Ensuring that government agencies adopt a gender sensitive approach    for development in preparing needs, based on participatory and    implementable programmes and projects into all sectors of development    and to include the private sector as well.

  • Developing multi-sartorial and inter disciplinary approaches for women’s    development with horizontal and vertical linkages at every level.

  • Mainstreaming gender issues through integration into all sectors of    national development.

  • Eliminating all negative social practices.

THE MAJOR AREAS REQUIRING AFFIRMATIVE ACTIONS

  • Education.
  • Health.

  • Law & Access to Justice

  • Violence in the Family & Community.

  • The Girl Child.

  • Poverty.

  • Access to Credit.

  • Remunerated Work.

  • Women in the Rural Economy & Informal Sector.

  • Sustainable Development.

  • Power & Decision making.

IMPARTING TRAINING & WORKSHOPS AT DISTRICT LEVEL

  • The objective of the project is to promote cottage industry skills in the     rural and urban women as a base for developing of cottage industry.      Training is imparted on various skills of manufacturing articles in     cottage industry.

  • The project aims at promoting women entrepreneurship on one hand   and creating employment opportunities for skilled women on the other.

  • Training for over 1200 women from all over Sindh has so far been provided.

MEDIA CELL

  • The project was commissioned for efficient and effective use of print    and electronic media brining to lime light women issues, bridging the    communication gap between various sectors of society and government    and initiating interactive dialogue regarding women issues and their    resolution through coordinated efforts. This cell facilitates media to     play    its role in women empowerment.

  • The project is fully equipped with required hardware and media    professionals. So far two seminars at Jamshoro and Karachi on eve of    International Women’s Day and International Labour Day have been    conducted. 

WOMEN COMPLAINT CELL

  • Growing violence against women is a major area of concern for the     women development agencies.  In most of the cases victims are     deprived of their legal rights and protections available in the law due     to ignorance of legal procedures and apprehensions.  This  project     aims    to provide   legal and  medical aid plus counseling to women victims of  violence.  Initially four complaint cells are being established at Karachi,    Sukkur, Larkana and Hyderabad for the appropriate and timely disposal    of complaints and speedy access to justice by victims.

  • The cells will be equipped with legal advisors, sociologists and    supporting staff.  The cells will operate under the supervision of a Lady    Provincial Consultant, who has the relevant experience of judicial    procedures in the cases of violence against women.

  • To address the major issues of “Awareness” in the combat of violence    against women, awareness raising seminars/workshops were conducted    in Karachi, Sanghar, Tando Allahyar and Thatta districts which were    largely attended by the members of civil society, personnel of the law    enforcement agencies and heads of district governments.   

BABY CHILD CARE TRAINING  

  • The Baby Child Care Training Centres are a growing business in large    cities but there are very few institutions to provide training to women    on child care.

  • The center is providing a career building opportunity to  women    by imparting relevant  training in  a professional manner.  Highly qualified personnel  have been hired for this purpose.

  • Training is provided in  batches of 15 candidates along with free     boarding, lodging and stipend.   Training of five batches     has been successfully completed and training of other batches  is under way.

DAY CARE CENTRE

  • Most working women  face the problem of  baby child care  during their working hours away from home.  This project  provides care for infants  of working   women thereby facilitating them to  continue their employment with peace of mind.

  • Our Day Care centre is situated in the heart of Karachi easily accessible from all parts of the city. We are providing services on cost to cost basis for children from the ages  of 02 months to 03 years.  The center has a capacity of 30    children with modern and hygienic facilities under the supervision of trained staff.

SALES & DISPLAY RESOURCE CENTRE

  • Cottage industries  in Sindh are located in the rural and remote    areas of the province with no market access Rural women engaged in traditional cottage industries have difficulties in marketing and selling their products.  Due to their poor sales and marketing skills, they are usually compelled to dispose off their articles  at cheaper rates to the middlemen.

  • This project seeks to provide sales and marketing facilities locally    and internationally for the products being produced  by the   women artisans , through  providing direct access to the market.  Our  well furnished and equipped    display center is ideally located in  PECHS, Karachi, where    articles produced by women are displayed free of cost for local and   international sale.  Comprehensive data base of women artisans of Sindh  is maintained.

  • This project has close liaison with the Expo Centre, Karachi and other    sales outlets  to provide free of cost stalls. The project also  has a fund  component for providing advances  to skilled/needy women for procurement of materials to be used in the production of articles.  District Resource Committees have been formed at district  levels to coordinate with producing women.  The center also provides    logistic support to the women bringing their products to the center for    display and sale.

  • A large number of  rural and urban women are  utilizing this facility.

GENDER REFORMS ACTION PLAN (GRAP)

  • The Sindh GRAP was formulated with the Technical Assistance of     Development Bank in 2003.

  •  Sindh Cabinet approved the GRAP (Sindh) on 14.08.2004 and the project was   commissioned on 12.10.2005.

  •  The implementing agency of GRAP in Sindh is Women Development      Department.

  •  The basic objectives of GRAP are :-

           >> Institutionalizing  Gender Mainstreaming to eliminate gender                 inequality and inequity in  policies, progorammes and projects.

           >> Capacity building of Women Development Department and line                 departments on gender issues.

  • Recruitments for GRAP positions are presently underway through Sindh  Public Service Commission.

GENDER REFORMS ACTION PLAN (GRAP)KEY REFORMS ENVISAGED IN GRAP

  • Institutional reforms.

  • Reforms in policies, budgeting and public expenditure mechanisms.

  • Reforms to increase and improve women’s employment in public sector    organizations.

  • Reforms to improve women’s political participation.

  • Related capacity building interventions.

GENDER REFORMS ACTION PLAN (GRAP)KEY SUPPORT ACTIONS

  • Political participation.

  • Institutional restructuring.

  • Women employment in public sector.

  • Policy making and budgetary process.

  • Capacity development.

BENAZIR BHUTTO SHAHEED WOMEN CENTRES

It is a Federal Government project being managed and operated by Women Development Department, Government of Sindh.  The project commenced operation in August, 2004.

The basic objective of the project is to provide relief to the needy, distressed and destitute women in the shape of legal, medical and counseling support.

Apart from providing relief to needy women, the centre also organizes and participates in several awareness raising programmes and continued liaison with other line departments i.e. Health, Central Jail (Women Cell), NGOs, Financial Institutions (for providing credit to needy women).

 The centre is also establishing a universal Help Line Service.

DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTRES.

The Centres aim to provide service to  women councilors, initially at Karachi and Sukkur. Ministry of Women Development provides an amount of RS 1.2 Million  to district governments.

Achievements

Centre at Karachi is functional at Municipal Corporation  Building Karachi and Building for Resource centre  at Sukkur has been constructed and will be functional soon .

WOMEN & JUVENILE PRISONERS COMMITTEE

REVOLVING FUND TO SUPPORT THE NEEDY FEMALE PRISONERS

                  In pursuance of the instructions of the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan the Government of Sindh has been pleased to constitute a Committee to decide the cases of female/juvenile prisoner(s) to avail the facility of Revolving Fund established in the Women Development Department, Government of Sindh.

SGA&CD notified a Committee of Secretary Women Development Department as Chairperson & CPLC, Additional Secretaries Home, Law and Social Welfare, Finance, A.G. Sindh, I.G. Prisons and the representatives of leading NGOs as Members.

GENDER REFORMS ACTION PLAN (GRAP)The Terms of Reference (TOR).

  1.  To consider and decide the deserving cases of female/juvenile      prisoner  (s) to avail inter-alia following facilities out of above      Revolving Fund.

  2. To ensure that the Female/Juvenile Prisoner(s) may not continue to     remain in Jail custody for want of payment of fine money upto     Rs.     100,000/- per prisoner or for want of payment of bail surety amount     uptown Rs. 100,000/- per prisoner.

  3. To ensure Legal Aid, Surety, Safety and Repatriation, Transportation    arrangements and expenses on Air ticket, to the Female Prisoners and    their dependent children and other necessary expenses of such    Female/Juvenile Prisoner(s).

  4. To ensure payment of Deeyat amount for release of such deserving    Female/Juvenile Prisoner(s).

 

PROJECTS IN PROCESS 2007-8

  • Establishment of Working Women Hostel at Karachi.

  • Establishment of Working Women Hostels in all District Headquarters in    Sindh.

  • Establishment of Shelter Home for Women at District Level.

PROPOSED PROJECTS

  • Establishment of   career development and guidance center in girls    colleges in Sindh.

  • Employment center for women at divisional Head quarter in sindh

  • Establishment of guidance cell and Revolving funds for Micro-   entrepreneurs women.

  • Establishment of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation cell in the Women    Development Department .

  • Women Development Complex and training centre at Karachi.

  • Women transportation services  specially for handicap women,    purchase of CNG Buses/VanWomen driving schools.

  • Training of members of Dist Resource Committees and Marketing    Coordinators.

  • Preparation of Statistical Profile of Distt  Women of Sindh.

  • Seminars and Workshops on the Gender Sensitized  issues Concerning    to women to women at District Level. 

  • Training of members of Dist Resource Committees and Marketing    Coordinators.

  • Preparation of Statistical Profile of Distt Women of Sindh.

  • Seminars and Workshops on the Gender Sensitized  issues Concerning    to women to women at District Level.

DONOR PROJECTS

UNDP’s Gender Support Programme (GSP):

UNDP’s Gender Support Programme (GSP) was ratified in July 2003 with the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) of Government of Pakistan. It is a five-year programme with a total budget of US$17 million, comprising of a US$ 2 million contribution by the Royal Norwegian Government and US$ 1.8 million from the UNDP funds. The GSP aims to provide coordinated policy, technical assistance and managerial support to the Government of Pakistan (GOP) in the areas of women’s political participation, economic empowerment, institutional strengthening and enabling social environment.

The GSP approach lies in the horizontal linkages that have been established between its versatile intervention on governance, poverty reduction, gender equality and their influences on policy dialogue and debate.

The Gender Support Programme is addressing the National Plan of Action areas of concern on “Women and Poverty, Violence Against Women, Women and Economy, Women in Power and Decision making and the Institutional mechanisms for the Advancement of women” through building a sustainable partnership with the government, the parliament and the civil society for systematic and methodological analysis of gender sensitive issues.

Gender Justice through Musahilat Anjuman Project

 UNDP has also  initiated the Gender Justice through Musahilat Anjuman Project with the Ministry of Local Government activating alternative dispute resolution mechanism mentioned in the local government ordinance 2001. The project has been borne as a result of an extensive nationwide survey on abuse against women, which identified the need to activate this community-based mechanism to resolve disputes amicably. This Project is a step further in UNDP’s efforts to assist the Government in realizing one of the seven point agenda of the President of Pakistan to “ensure law and order and dispensing speedy justice” as outlined on 17th October 1999. The Gender programme is pursuing this project with the aim of ensuring that alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are adopted, which will ensure third party arbitration with particular attention to women clientele.

PROPOSED WOMEN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS 2008-09 The following projects are proposed in the ADP of the Department for the fiscal year 2008-09.  The preparation of PC-1s are in progress and after approval from Planning & Development Department, the projects soon be commissioned

SHELTER HOMES AT DISTRICT LEVEL                                                        

 ESTABLISHMENT OF WOMEN COMPLEX AT DIVISIONAL LEVEL.                  

BENAZIR BHUTTO SHAHEED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME )            

SINDH WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

ADVOCACY FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

 

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