High Caliber, Committed Staff Required

Omar Asghar Khan Foundation is offering a full time position as Mobilization Office, based in its Abbottabad office, for its Aawaz-II Programme. Ideal candidates will be motivated, willing to extensively travel within Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and able to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment. For detailed TORs please visit our website: www.oakdf.org.pk Dynamic individuals with a passion to contribute to making society more fair and inclusive are requested to send their applications with a complete CV…

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Meeting of Haripur’s Area Support Network

At a meeting of Haripur’s ASN, members discussed ways in which local women, especially the more vulnerable, may be assisted in accessing citizenship documents like CNIC, birth registration, etc. and services to improve their conditions and well-being.

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Aawaz-II Provincial Forum’s 6th Meeting

The Provincial Forum reviewed its past year’s work and achievements. This included: (a) bringing all key government and non-government stakeholders together on a platform; (b) creating understanding & visibility of Aawaz-II: its objectives, strategy & institutional structure from villages to the province; and, (c) specific interventions in Aawaz-II themes: GBV, early/forced marriage & child protection as well as cross-cutting focus on vulnerable groups. The meeting also defined key interventions to be taken including follow up…

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Reviewing legislation and planning – Meeting of KP Women Parliamentary Caucus

The Foundation assisted Shirkat Gah in facilitating KP's WPC to review the legislative/planning efforts of its committees and to chart future directions. More than 20 MPs from the ruling PTI and opposition parties: JUI-F, JI and ANP attended the meeting. "The WPC has set impressive examples of working across party lines for the rights of women and the marginalized," commended Mr. Mehmood Jan, Deputy Speaker of KP's Assembly and Patron of the WPC. Dr. Sumera…

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KP Budget FY2021-22: Resources for Vulnerable Groups

A discussion on KP’s Budget FY2021-22 was held a day before it was tabled in the provincial assembly. The consultation was organized by British Council under Aawaz-II in collaboration with the Sub-National Governance-II Programme. Speaking at the event, Dr. Sumera Shams, Chair-KP Women Parliamentary Caucus, stressed the need for gender-responsive budgets and gave details of proposals submitted by the cross-party WPC to the Minister Finance. These include requests for allocations for the District Protection Committees,…

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Gender Responsive Budget Proposals

KP's Finance Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra committed Rs.100 million to increase shelters for survivors and women at risk. He confirmed that the province's budget FY2021-22 will include SDG references to help track achievements against these benchmarks. The Minister also committed resources to improve the operations of the KP Commission on the Status of Women. The Finance Minister was responding to GRB proposals presented by the Chair and member of KP's Women Parliamentary Caucus. They were…

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MOU signed between KP’s Women Parliamentary Caucus & the Foundation

Under the MOU the Foundation and its partners will work closely with KP’s WPC to strengthen democratic institutions; promote gender responsive policies & budgets; and, support people’s well-being. Focus of the cooperation will be: international obligations (especially CEDAW), SDGs, public finance reform including GRB, and, post-legislative scrutiny. Dr. Sumaira Shams, Chair-KP WPC and Ms. Rashida Dohad, Executive Director of the Foundation signed the MOU. Mr. Mehmood Jan, Deputy Speaker-KP Assembly & Patron-KP WPC, office-bearers of…

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3rd Wave: Covid-19 Response

The Foundation provides 1,500 PPE suits, 1,500 N95 masks, 37,500 surgical masks, and 950 sanitizers for frontline health workers & other essential personnel in KP’s Districts Mardan & Nowshera. This was made possible with support from philanthropists & Oxfam.

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Engaging with KP Parliamentarians on Public Budgets, SDGs & International Obligations

Nathiagali, 21-23 March 2021 Responding to a request from the Women Parliamentary Caucus in KP, the Foundation and Shirkat Gah organised a three-day training & dialogue on public finance management, development funds & processes, SDGs, and, international conventions like CEDAW. Mr. Mehmood Jan, Deputy Speaker of the KP Assembly & WPC's Patron, Dr. Sumaira Shams, Chair-WPC and Dr. Riffat Sardar, Chair-KP Commission on the Status of Women played leadership roles in making this engagement possible.…

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Aawaz-II KP 5th Provincial Forum Meeting & Action Planning

29 March 2021, Peshawar The fifth meeting of Aawaz-II Provincial Forum in KP was held on Monday, 29 March 2021 at Peshawar, hosted by the foundation and British Council.  The meeting  also addressed the agenda of Provincial Forum action planning on Aawaz – II core themes of Child Labour, Early/Forced Marriages, and, Gender-based Violence. The discussion framed on understanding the current context of these issues and challenges faced on-ground, while also putting forward key recommendations for counter strategies.  The meeting was chaired by Dr. Riffat Sardar Chair, KPCWS and co-chaired by Mr. Ijaz Khan, Deputy Chief, KP Child Protection & Welfare…

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Aawaz-II Partners National Forum

15-16 March 2021, Islamabad British Council brought together the Foundation and other partners from KP & Punjab to review the completion of Aawaz-II’s first implementation year. Achievements were celebrated, challenges identified and future plans drawn up. The event also helped connect partners into a strong, diverse team.

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Promoting Social Cohesion – Aawaz-II ToTs

23-25 February & 3-5 March 2021, Islamabad 34 participants from seven Khyber Pakhtunkhwa downstream partners of Aawaz-II attended two training of trainers events organized by the British Council with support from the Foundation. The ToTs helped participants to better understand social cohesion and develop skills to promote it. Specifically, the training helped participants: Develop skills to cascade the training with Aawaz Forum members Become familiar of community disharmony stemming from harmful practices Identify triggers, connectors, spoilers…

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Fempower Pakistan Training of Trainers – Leadership

13 female and 14 male activists from 12 CSOs KP’s five districts of Abbottabad, Haripur, Mardan, Nowshera and Peshawar attended a training on Leadership. They became more familiar with diversity and the imperative for inclusion. Human rights were discussed in detail, and participants were assisted in reviewing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and assessing synergy with the Constitution of Pakistan. The training helped participants better understand gender roles, gender division of labour and the root causes of gender discrimination. “The…

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Aawaz-II Consultation on KP Law on Domestic Violence

25 February 2021, Peshawar The Aawaz-II Programme in partnership with the KP Commission on the Status of Women (KPCSW) organized an event to celebrate the passage of the landmark KP Domestic Violence Against Women (Prevention & Protection) Act 2021. Civil society activists, lawyers and journalists participated in the event physically and online. Speaking at the event, Dr. Sumaira Shams, Chairperson of the Women Parliamentary Caucus in the KP Assembly, said “the Government is committed to…

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Fempower Pakistan Leadership TOT

1-4 February 2021, Lahore Shirkat Gah facilitated a Training of Trainers, attended by 20 representatives of the Foundation, Simorgh and Shirkat Gah. The training helped participants become more familiar with the concepts of diversity and inclusion, rights and development, gender, leadership, advocacy and communication. A module of leadership was provided -- as a reference guide for cascading replications with community leaders. Specifically, the training achieved the following objectives: Clarified key concepts:diversity & inclusion Improved knowledge about rights & a social contract Deepened understandingabout gender, division of labour, resources & decision making Helped become familiar with leadership, advocacy & principles of communications Under Fempower Pakistan, Shirkat Gah,…

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Aawaz Aagahi Centers (AACs) – Training of Trainers

Under Aawaz-II, the Foundation assisted the British Council to organize a Training of Trainers, which was attended by 25 staff of district partners in Punjab and KP. The training helped participants become more familiar with the purpose and functions of the Aawaz Aagahi Centre (AAC), and its connections with parallel Aawaz structures. Specifically, the training achieved the following objectives: Clarified objectives, management structures and protocols of AACs Improved knowledge & information on AAC functions: activities…

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Aawaz-II Training of Trainers

To better understand Aawaz-II’s themes of Child Labour, GBV and Early/Forced Marriages, the Foundation assisted the British Council to organize a Training of Trainers. About 20 participants from nine KP districts and the Foundation staff attended an in-depth and engaging training that aimed to: Enhance facilitators’ understanding of Aawaz-II’s focus on inclusion, awareness and behaviour change. Equip forum facilitators with knowledge of Aawaz-II’s thematic areas, enabling them to promote change through Aawaz Forums. Provide master facilitators…

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COVID-19: the Foundation’s Response 2020-21

The Foundation has consistently tried to contribute to efforts of preventing the spread of Covid-19. The following provide some highlights: March 2020: The Foundation designed and implemented a public service campaign to help people adopt protective measures against Covid-19. Messages were displayed on billboards and banners across 12 KP districts. This campaign was supported by the European Union by diverting funds from its ongoing project; Citizen Engagement for Responsive & Accountable Governance. March 2020: The…

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Online training: Open Budget Survey 2021, COVID-19 module

Four team members of the Foundation were among 37 researchers from 25 countries who attended an online training on the new, 25-indicator COVID-19 module of the Open Budget Survey which supplements the core OBS questionnaire with an assessment of the transparency of emergency fiscal measures and budgets that governments have used to respond to the many consequences of COVID 19. The module has 26 indicators, multiple parts and 26 questions. Part 1 is about an overview of the Covid-19 module, Part-2 consists of the detail of fiscal policy,…

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