2. Ms. Rashida Dohad Introducing The Campaign

2018 Elections: the Foundation launches a campaign to assist more than 17,000 women in Abbottabad & Haripur to use their right to vote



Celebrating the International Women’s Day, the Foundation launched a campaign to help more than 17,000 women in Abbottabad and Haripur to get their NICs and register as voters.  A training workshop was held in Abbottabad for 60 local volunteers inducted for the campaign. Speaking on the occasion, the Foundation’s Executive Director Ms. Rashida Dohad said: “we are committed to assisting women to play their due role in national politics. We will reach the poorest, most remote rural areas to ensure poverty does not deny Pakistan’s women their right to vote.”  Working in close partnership with the Election Commission of Pakistan and NADRA, the Foundation and its local volunteers will intensely mobilise and assist unregistered women in 34 union councils to access NADRA’s mobile vans and local offices. Using the census block-wise data provided by the ECP, the Foundation has identified and will give priority attention to areas with significant gender gap in voters’ registration. The Foundation also held meetings with local office bearers and provided information on the campaign to the PTI, PML-N, PPP, TSH, PPP-SB, JI, ANP, QWP & APML. The campaign is part of a nation-wide effort to reduce the gender gap in voters’ registration led by the TDEA with financial assistance from UNDP.