2022 Floods Aawaz II Partners’ Recommendations on Social Inclusion

2022 Floods Aawaz II Partners' Recommendations on Social Inclusion 24 January 2023, Peshawar Omar Asghar Khan Foundation met with the Secretary-Relief & Rehabilitation and the DG and senior officials of the PDMA to share recommendations made by women, PWDs, transgender persons and religious minorities to make relief, rehabilitation and resilience more responsive to their needs & interests. The recommendations were made at an Aawaz II Provincial Consultation on Social Inclusion & 2022 Floods held in…

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Improved Referral Pathways Exposure Visits to 16 Government Facilities for GBV, Child Protection, Drug Rehab, etc.

Improved Referral Pathways Exposure Visits to 16 Government Facilities for GBV, Child Protection, Drug Rehab, etc. Abbottabad, Haripur, Mardan, Nowshera & Peshawar December 2022-January 2023 Based on a needs assessment conducted in November 2022 involving 25 women’s organizations in 5 KP districts, the Foundation facilitated exposure visits to 16 government facilities including the Women Crisis Centre, Darul Amans, Child Protection Units, etc. Meetings were also held with the Social Welfare Departments and the District Reconciliation…

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Omar Asghar Khan Foundation & COMSATS Collaborations on Development Studies

Meeting with Faculty & Students 10 January 2023, COMSATS, Abbottabad Following up on discussions in November 2022 between senior faculty members of COMSATS and Omar Asghar Khan Foundation on exploring ways to collaborate on development studies, the Foundation's team met with about 30 faculty members & students of COMSATS at its campus in Abbottabad. The Foundation's strategy, work and results were discussed in detail. Opportunities for students benefiting from experiential learning through participating in the…

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Expenditure Tracking Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB) KP Budget FY2022-23

Expenditure Tracking Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB) KP Budget FY2022-23 27-29 December 2022, Islamabad KP's Women Parliamentary Caucus successfully advocated an allocation of Rs,3.5 billion in KP's Budget FY2022-23 with support from Omar Asghar Khan Foundation and Shirkat Gah. To track expenditure, the WPC was assisted in convening a two-day meeting that brought together legislators and senior government officials. Comprehensive presentations on budget allocations and projects/schemes updates were made by senior representatives from Social Welfare & Women…

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Gender Based Violence: Referral Pathways in KP

Aawaz II Provincial Consultation 6 December 2022, Peshawar #16DaysOfActivismAgainstGenderBasedViolence Aawaz II in collaboration with the KP Commission on the Status of Women convened a multi-stakeholder consultation on referral pathways used by survivors of GBV & ways in which their access to available services may be better facilitated. GBV is a core focus area of Aawaz II. "We are striving to improve prevention, protection & prosecution of GBV," said Dr. Yasmin Zaidi, Team Lead of Aawaz…

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Balochistan Budget FY2022-23 Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB)

Balochistan Budget FY2022-23 Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Meeting with MPs & Chair-BCSW 1 December 2022, Quetta Members of the Balochistan Assembly and the Chair of the Balochistan Commission on the Status of Women attended a meeting in which Omar Asghar Khan Foundation's gendered analysis of Balochistan's Budget FY2022-23 was shared. This meeting was hosted by the Foundation and Shirkat Gah in continuation of its engagement with parliamentarians & government officials under Fempower Pakistan to promote GRB,…

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Balochistan Budget FY2022-23 Gendered Analysis

Gendered Analysis Meeting with Secretary, Balochistan Assembly 1 December 2022 "Consistent engagement with MPs is necessary to promote GRB," suggested Mr. Taher, Shah, Secretary, Provincial Assembly of Balochistan. He was talking with a delegation of Omar Asghar Khan Foundation and Shirkat Gah who called on him to hand over 65 copies of the Foundation's gendered analysis of Balochistan's Budget FY2022-23 for distribution among the honourable MPs. Agreeing with the Secretary, Ms. Rashida Dohad assured of…

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Trends in Funding for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) in Pakistan

Trends in Funding for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) in Pakistan Launch of Report 29 November 2022, Islamabad Omar Asghar Khan Foundation analysed federal & provincial budgets (2015-20) to track funding for women’s economic empowerment in Pakistan. The study identified 1,674 projects, with a combined expenditure of Rs.131,998.8 million. It also assessed funding for women’s financial inclusion and women’s empowerment collectives. https://www.oakdf.org.pk/.../National-Funding-for-WEE-in... About 30 key stakeholders including government officials, business persons, CSOs and the media attended…

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Team Foundation meet to reflect & move forward

Team Foundation reviewed the impact of its efforts & shaped future implementation strategies. Over three days, it took stock of its programmes implemented in 2018-19 and identified upcoming programme priorities. Using the framework of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency & sustainability each theme programme presented its experiences from1 May 2018–31 March 2019, effectively using photographs, animation and other material including a video. Under social accountability, careful selection of CSOs, iterative review & fine-tuning of module, consistent staff training,…

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Khuli Kutchery organised by the Foundation in collaboration with District Government Mardan & local CSOs

In collaboration with the District Nazim’s office, the Local Government Department and partner CSOs, the Foundation organized the first in a series of khuli kutcheries (townhall meetings) in Mardan under its Citizen Engagement for Responsive & Accountable Governance (Cerag) project funded by the EU. More than 100 people attended the event, including about 60 local people and CSO activists, 12 government officials and local councillors, 10 journalists and 10 CSO representatives from other parts of KP. Participating citizens discussed…

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National Women’s Day & Remembering Asma Jehangir

National Press Club - Islamabad The "gunahgaar" women & men who marched in Lahore on 12 February 1983 set the path for the outstanding achievements of the Women’s Action Forum. To commemorate this historic event, a conference was organized at National Press Club Islamabad by the Women Action Forum (WAF) & EVAWG. Mr. I.A. Rehman, Ms. Khawar Mumtaz, Ms. Tahira Abdullah, Ms. Bushra Gohar, Senator Sherry Rahman and Ms. Rashida Dohad recalled the trajectory of…

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Pakistan Scores 44 in Open Budget Index 2017

          Launched in 2006, the OBS is the world’s only independent, comparative assessment of the three pillars of public budget accountability: transparency, oversight and public participation. The sixth round of this biennial assessment, the 2017 survey evaluated 115 countries, including Pakistan. The OBS in Pakistan was completed by the Foundation, which has led it in the country since 2009. Drawing on internationally accepted criteria developed by multilateral organizations, the Open Budget…

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Local Government: A Consultation with Councillors , Jalal Baba Auditorium, Abbottabad

  More than 400 councillors (including about 70 women) from Abbottabad, Haripur & Mansehra discussed their first-hand engagement with the present LG in the province & recommended ways to strengthen it. This is the first in a series of consultations the Foundation will organise across KP. Final set of recommendations based on experiences of over 3,000 councillors will be conveyed to those shaping the new local government in KP and also Punjab.

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Peoples Assembly: Women’s Leadership in Politics & Public Life , Islamabad

  Awami National Party’s Senior Vice President, Ms. Bushra Gohar, said that the ECP must assert its role and authority. She commended the outgoing assembly for the passage of the Elections Act 2017. “This law will deter instances like the by-election of PK-95 in which not a single woman was allowed to vote,” she said. Ms. Aisha Syed of the Jamaat-e-Islami/MMA recommended transparent internal party procedures for nominating women on reserved seats. “Reservation of seats…

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Engaging 10,000 Young Voters Islamabad

      30 young women and men from Abbottabad, Mansehra & Haripur made plans to engage 10,000 other young voters. They were attending a training workshop run by the Foundation. The youth activists became more familiar with the importance of voting. Working in district groups, they identified priorities which the young want included in party manifestos.

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2018 Elections: Improved Media Reporting on WPP , National Press Club, Islamabad

      Hundreds of ideas for news stories around 6 themes on women’s participation in the 2018 elections were generated by about 50 journalists at a training organized by the Foundation under its She Can Lead project. Celebrated journalist/anchor Syed Talat Hussain led the training. Data on trends in women’s participation as voters, electoral contestants & legislators was reviewed. Recent legal & administrative affirmative measures were discussed, including reforms under the Elections Act 2017…

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More than 7,000 Women Registered as Voters Abbottabad & Haripur

    Round-the-clock, all-out efforts by the Foundation, NADRA & ECP helped 7,014 women in 50 very poor villages get their NIC & register as voters. NADRA officials say this is six times more than average numbers processed daily. The Foundation also identified 9,718 women who are among the 12.5 million women across Pakistan who do not have an NIC. The intensive six-week campaign was run with support from TDEA & UNDP.

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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…

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Training CSOs in Digital App

        A part of the Foundation’s capacity building of CSOs in social accountability is training them in using a specially designed digital app; Awam to upload stories of citizen monitoring of government facilities. This app has been developed by the Foundation’s partner Media Matter for Democracy (MMfD) who also leads the training on it. On 27 and 28 February 2018,  8 women and 15 men from 13 CSOs from Battagram and Mansehra were…

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Analysis, strategies, Team building and Fun
Program & Review & Planning

        A three day Programme Review & Planning (PRP) meeting was held in Lahore from 26-28 December 2017.   Objectives   Review programme implementation during: 1 March 2017–31 December 2017 Planning of ongoing projects like CERAG, SELP, AAN and She can lead. Improve team interaction and communication. Identification of challenges towards implementation of project activities.

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Building Capacities in Social Accountability.
Training CSOs from KP’s districts Mansehra & Battagram

      17 women and 49 men from 25 CSOs from districts Mansehra and Battagram participated in a Social Accountability training on 20-22 December 2017. This training was part of the Foundation's ongoing efforts to build capacities in social accountability of more than 100 CSOs in 12 districts of KP.  Social Accountability is a broad range of actions & mechanisms used by citizens & CSOs to hold public officials & service providers to account. It…

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Citizen Journalism Training by MMfD in collaboration with the Foundation

        Media Matters for Democracy in collaboration with the Foundation trained CSO activists to upload social accountability stories on the app AWAM. MMfD is the Foundations partner in CERAG. Developing a mobile application ‘Awam’ comes under their domain in this joint venture. ‘Awam’ is a digital tool to facilitate citizens to generate multimedia journalism content, particularly on the local governance issues of their communities, and interface this content with the mainstream media…

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Asia Pacific Leaders Conference

          As part of the OGP framework of cross-country learning, the Government of Indonesia hosted the Asia Pacific Leaders Forum on Open Government on 14 December 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Its overarching theme was: Open Government for Inclusive Development. The forum brought together 750 participants including heads of governments, ministers, local government leaders, civil society, business, development partners, and other opinion leaders from the region and beyond to share their experiences…

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