Gender Budget Tagging (GBT) Training Workshop for Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Gender Budget Tagging (GBT) Training Workshop for Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 4 January 2024, Peshawar On 4 January 2024, Omar Asghar Khan Foundation designed and conducted a training on Gender Budget Tagging for about 40 government officials from key departments including Finance, Planning & Development, Social Welfare & Women's Empowerment, Health, Education, Home, etc. The training was part of the technical assistance provided by the Foundation since February 2023 through the Sub-National Governance Project to…

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Social Accountability 8 Online Training Sessions for Activists in Iran

Social Accountability 8 Online Training Sessions for Activists in Iran November 2023 Extending its footprints beyond Pakistan, Omar Asghar Khan Foundation designed and conducted an online training on #SocialAccountability for more than 30 activists in Iran. The training helped participants understand public budgets and ways in which citizens can monitor them to recommend government actions for improving the delivery of public services. The training was designed within the PFM context of Iran.

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She Leads We Prosper Fempower Pakistan National Convention

She Leads We Prosper Fempower Pakistan National Convention 21 December 2023, Lahore More than 300 women leaders, male allies, including community activists, parliamentarians and government officials, participated in a convention to celebrate the achievements of Fempower Pakistan (2019-2024). They shared stories, experiences and reaffirmed their commitment to promoting women’s political participation for equal opportunities, choices and building a fair society. Implemented by Shirkat Gah-Women’s Resource Centre, Omar Asghar Khan Foundation, Simorgh Women's Resource & Publication…

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Gender Budget Tagging & Expenditure Tracking (GBT&ET) Training Workshop for Government of Punjab

Gender Budget Tagging & Expenditure Tracking (GBT&ET) Training Workshop for Government of Punjab 20 December 2023, Lahore On 20 December 2023, Omar Asghar Khan Foundation designed and conducted a training on Gender Budget Tagging & Expenditure Tracking for about 50 government officials from key departments including Finance, Planning & Development, Women Development, Social Welfare, Health, Education, Population Welfare, Home, Agriculture, Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, etc. The training was part of the technical assistance provided by…

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Aawaz II: 15th KP Provincial Forum Meeting

Aawaz II: 15th KP Provincial Forum Meeting 19 December 2023, Peshawar At the 15th meeting of Aawaz II's Provincial Forum (PF) in KP, members including senior representatives of government/statutory bodies and civil society organisations reviewed actions taken to support policy and public finance actions to prevent GBV and child marriage and promote social inclusion. The PF commended Aawaz II's efforts to communicate policy recommendations to increase investments in preventing GBV and protecting the rights of…

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Aawaz II: Building Capacities in #SocialAccountability Training Workshop for Punjab Partners & Volunteers

Aawaz II: Building Capacities in #SocialAccountability Training Workshop for Punjab Partners & Volunteers 13-15 December 2023, Islamabad Omar Asghar Khan Foundation conducted the first in a series of three training workshops on #SocialAccountability for Aawaz II partners and volunteers from its district and sub-district institutional structures representing five Punjab districts: Hafizabad, Okara, Sialkot, Sarghoda and Toba Tek Singh. The Foundation has lead responsibility for designing and facilitating these training workshops as part of Aawaz II's…

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Women’s Voice & Local Ownership (WVLO)

Women’s Voice & Local Ownership (WVLO) Scaling Social Accountability for Amplifying Women’s Voice & Improving Health Services Launch Workshop, 3-9 December 2023, Lisbon-Portugal Scaling social accountability to amplify women’s voices to make healthcare more responsive to their needs and increase the uptake of reproductive health services is the objective of the four-year WVLO project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The BMGF convened an intensive workshop bringing together its three WVLO country…

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Training in Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB)

Training in Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Police, Judiciary, Bar, Prosecution & Related Departments in KP, Balochistan & ICT October-November 2023, Peshawar, Quetta & Islamabad Ms. Rashida Dohad, Executive Director, Omar Asghar Khan Foundation worked with UNWomen to design and conduct a series of three 3-day training workshops in gender responsive budgets and planning, attended by about 80 senior government officials from justice sector institutions (JSIs), including the police, judiciary, bar and prosecution and related departments…

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Aawaz II Provincial Forum – KP Meeting of the Executive Committee (EC)

Aawaz II Provincial Forum - KP Meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) Peshawar, 7 November 2023 The EC of Aawaz II's Provincial Forum in KP met in Peshawar. It reviewed the planned commemoration of #16DaysOfActivism on 29 November 2023 which has been designed around the 2023 theme of government investments to prevent GBV. The EC also discussed actions taken or planned by PF sub-committees before the Provincial Forum meeting on 19 December 2023. These include…

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Media campaign on WPP: scripts & beat sheets Islamabad

Islamabad, 20 October 2023 As part of its media campaign on women's political participation that is being designed and executed by the renowned journalist Syed Talat Hussain, the Omar Asghar Khan Foundation team worked with Talat and Saquib to review beat sheets and scripts for the multiple media products. Next step: lights, camera, action...

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Social accountability for better public services

Social accountability for better public services leaders & allies meet government officials & elected public reps 5 October 2023, Haripur Omar Asghar Khan Foundation assisted 14 women leaders, including one transperson, and 10 male allies from 17 CSOs of District Haripur to present more 100 public petitions demanding improvements in schools, roads and other public services as well as payment of minimum wages in a series of five meetings with senior district government officials of…

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Innovations in Promoting Citizen Engagement & WPP Comsats University – Abbottabad Campus

Innovations in Promoting Citizen Engagement & WPP Comsats University - Abbottabad Campus 28 September - 4 October 2023 Omar Asghar Khan Foundation facilitated Shirkat Gah-Women's Resource Centre and Comsats University (Abbottabad Campus) with assistance from the District Election Commission (Abbottabad) to use a creative game that helped students better understand the importance of citizen engagement in democratic governance and electoral processes. Responding with energy and enthusiasm, students grouped in make-believe, fictional political parties prepared their…

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Planning meeting: telefilm on WPP

Planning meeting: telefilm on WPP Lahore, 28 September 2023 Omar Asghar Khan Foundation is super excited to work with the very talented Sarmad Khoosat and his team at Khoosat Films on a telefilm featuring women’s leadership and political participation. The telefilm is part of a media campaign that is being designed and executed by Omar Asghar Khan Foundation with the renowned Syed Talat Hussain and Saqib Tanveer under the Foundation’s Fempower Pakistan project. Creative ideas…

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Social accountability for better public services. Abbottabad

Social accountability for better public services leaders & allies meet government officials & elected public reps 20-21 September 2023, Abbottabad Omar Asghar Khan Foundation assisted 17 women leaders and 12 male allies from 13 CSOs of District Abbottabad to present about 100 public petitions demanding improvements in schools, roads and other public services in a series of six meetings with senior district government officials of the education, health and social welfare departments as well as…

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14th Aawaz II Provincial Forum Meeting

14th Aawaz II Provincial Forum Meeting 22 September 2023, Peshawar The 14th meeting of Aawaz II's Provincial Forum (PF) in KP was held in Peshawar on 22 September 2023. The PF members reviewed progress made on key policy and governance issues pursued by its six sub-committees. Dr. Yasmin Zaidi shared key recommendations emerging from the district and provincial dialogues to promote interfaith harmony. "Effective measures are needed to ensure religious minority communities do not face…

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Interfaith Harmony in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Aawaz II Provincial Consultation

More than 100 Pakistani citizens from different minority religious communities including Christians, Hindus and Sikhs from 14 KP districts participated in a provincial consultation convened by Aawaz II and Omar Asghar Khan Foundation to promote interfaith harmony in the province. Many are part of the village and district forums formed by the programme to serve as platforms for collective actions. "We are often 'advised' to convert to Islam," was an experience shared by many participants.…

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Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Methodology for Gender Budget Tagging (GBT)

A GBT methodology designed by Omar Asghar Khan Foundation for the Sub-National Governance Project was reviewed and given a thumbs-up by a Working Group attended by senior government officials of the Government of Punjab. Omar Asghar Khan Foundation will now apply the GBT methodology to Punjab's budgets of the last three fiscal years and present findings of trends in public finance investments to promote women's empowerment. The methodology has already been approved by the Government…

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Fempower Interventions Promoting Women’s Political Participation 2-Day Workshop: Reflections & Planning

Fempower Interventions Promoting Women’s Political Participation 2-Day Workshop: Reflections & Planning 22-23 August 2023, Islamabad More than 40 women leaders and 20 male allies from KP’s districts Abbottabad, Haripur, Mardan, Nowshera and Peshawar came together in a two-day workshop to reflect on achievements in women’s political empowerment under Fempower since 2019 and plan continued advocacy. They shared their experiences of using social accountability to help local women get access to better schools, healthcare, roads, etc.…

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Join our Team Aawaz II Admin & Finance Officer Position is based in Islamabad

Join our Team Aawaz II Admin & Finance Officer Position is based in Islamabad Formed in 2000 Omar Asghar Khan Foundation is an NGO registered under the Societies Act 1860. Its average annual budget over the past three years is Rs.55 million. It has a staff of about 20 and offices in Islamabad and Abbottabad. Since 2019, it is British Council’s Provincial Partner for the implementation of a multiple-year project: Aawaz II. The Foundation is looking…

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Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Methodology for Gender Budget Tagging (GBT) Government of KP – Working Group Meeting

Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Methodology for Gender Budget Tagging (GBT) Government of KP - Working Group Meeting Peshawar, 15 August 2023 A GBT methodology designed by Omar Asghar Khan Foundation for the Sub-National Governance Project was reviewed and given a thumbs-up by a Working Group chaired by the Additional Secretary-Budget, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Omar Asghar Khan Foundation will now apply the GBT methodology to KP's budgets of the last three fiscal years and present…

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URGENT CALL FOR PROPOSALS Design & Produce IEC Material

Omar Asghar Khan Foundation is seeking a vendor to help it design & produce the following items during the period 16-21 August 2023.   Item Specification Quantity Denim bag Denim Bag size 12x13, Leatherette strip with UV Printing inside black aster and pocket with double zipper 100 Canvas bag Canvas Synthetic Bag with UV Printing Size 13x16 inches and zipper 200 Mugs Ceramic Mugs with printing and customized Box 350 Gram Card 200 Wristband Rubber Wrist Band with…

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Sindh Budget FY2023-24 Promoting Gender Responsive Budgeting & Climate Change Policies

Sindh Budget FY2023-24 Promoting Gender Responsive Budgeting & Climate Change Policies 21 July 2023, Karachi Sindh Commission on the Status of Women in partnership with Omar Asghar Khan Foundation and Shirkat Gah-Women's Resource Centre brought key parliamentarians, government officials and civil society activists to review Sindh's Budget FY2023-24 with a gender lens to identify key gender-responsive allocations that need to be implemented. Omar Asghar Khan Foundation's analysis of the province's budget was presented to assist…

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Join our Team Aawaz II Finance & Administration Officer Position is based in Islamabad

Formed in 2000 Omar Asghar Khan Foundation is an NGO registered under the Societies Act 1860. Its average annual budget over the past three years is Rs.55 million. It has a staff of about 20 and offices in Islamabad and Abbottabad. Since 2019, it is British Council’s Provincial Partner for the implementation of a multiple-year project: Aawaz II. The Foundation is looking to hire a qualified person to be Aawaz II’s Finance & Administration Officer. The…

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Federal Budget FY2023-24 Roundtable: Promoting Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB)

Federal Budget FY2023-24 Roundtable: Promoting Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) 14 June 2023, Islamabad The National Assembly's Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) brought together MNAs, academics, rights activists and the media in a roundtable meeting to discuss the Federal Budget FY2023-24 from a gender-inclusive perspective, in light of Pakistan's Constitution and its international obligations including CEDAW and SDGs. The roundtable was organized in collaboration with Omar Asghar Khan Foundation and Shirkat Gah-Women's Resource Center as part of…

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Protection & Response Mechanisms for GBV Survivors Aawaz II Provincial Consultation-KP

Protection & Response Mechanisms for GBV Survivors Aawaz II Provincial Consultation-KP 8 June 2023, Peshawar “The KP Government is establishing facilities to help GBV survivors learn skills to will help them become more self-reliant,” said Deputy Secretary, Social Welfare & Women’s Empowerment, Ms. Warda Latif. She was speaking at the consultation that brought together more than 60 women, persons with disabilities, transgender persons, and religious minorities from 13 KP districts: Peshawar, Charsadda, Haripur, Nowshehra, Buner,…

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Aawaz II Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Partners Network Meeting 8 June 2023, Peshawar

Aawaz II Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Partners Network Meeting 8 June 2023, Peshawar In December 2022 a network of partners was created to sustain engagement in the nine KP districts included in Aawaz II's first phase (2020-22). Partners that initiated work in the five additional KP districts in the second phase from January 2023 are also included in the network. Omar Asghar Khan Foundation as the provincial lead in KP and the Project Management Unit are also…

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Aawaz II Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 13th Provincial Forum (PF) Meeting

Aawaz II Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 13th Provincial Forum (PF) Meeting 7 June 2023, Peshawar The mechanism for distributing the Disable Persons Rehab (DPR) Funds, presently over Rs.500 million, has been approved by the Provincial Council for Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons (PCRDP). This was shared by Additional Secretary-Social Welfare Department and Mr. Zawar Noor, member, PCRDP. The PF members applauded this achievement, that it was advocating since 2020. Soft loans, training of PWDs, provision of assistive devices,…

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Aawaz II Provincial Forum – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Orientation on Phase II

Aawaz II Provincial Forum - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Orientation on Phase II 7 June 2023, Peshawar Members of Aawaz II's Provincial Forum in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were given a detailed orientation by Aawaz II's Team Lead, Dr. Yasmin Zaidi, and Head of Delivery, Mr. Arshad Mehmood, on the focus, pathways, expected outputs/outcomes and the institutional structure of the programme in phase II that was initiated in January 2023 after the successful completion of the first two-year phase…

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Roundtable: Reviewing Pakistan’s Constitution from a Woman’s Perspective Women Parliamentary Caucus, National Assembly of Pakistan

Roundtable: Reviewing Pakistan's Constitution from a Woman’s Perspective Women Parliamentary Caucus, National Assembly of Pakistan 5-6 June 2023, Islamabad The language of the Constitution must be gender-inclusive to reflect the state's commitment to gender equality. A resolution should be tabled in the National Assembly on the use of gender-inclusive language in legislation. These were some of the suggestions made at a RT organized by the Women Parliamentary Caucus of the National Assembly attended by more…

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Gender Budget Tagging & Tracking (GBT) TA to Governments of Punjab & KP

Gender Budget Tagging & Tracking (GBT) TA to Governments of Punjab & KP Punjab Working Group Meeting, 14 April 2023, Lahore "GTB will assist the government to take concrete steps to reduce gender inequity," said Punjab's Secretary P&D while chairing the first meeting of the Working Group on GBT. The Working Group consisting relevant government departments has been notified by the Government of Punjab to support the establishment and institutionalisation of a GBT methodology and…

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Aawaz II Provincial Forum KP Executive Committee (EC) Meeting

Aawaz II Provincial Forum KP Executive Committee (EC) Meeting 31 March 2023, Peshawar Despite increased reporting of rape and other gender-based violence, the conviction rate remains disappointing low. This was discussed at the EC meeting of Aawaz II’s Provincial Forum. The EC members stressed the need for resources to rehabilitate survivors of GBV and help their social reintegration. Members also shared updates such as the finalisation of a distribution mechanism of the DPR Fund. The…

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Join our Team – Aawaz II Provincial Lead-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Aawaz II Provincial Lead-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Founded in 2000 as a public advocacy organization, Omar Asghar Khan Foundation strengthens the voice, visibility and resilience of citizens to claim their rights & entitlements from the state, curb inequalities and exclusion & reduce the burden of poverty. Its skilled and experienced team of professionals works with local communities, civil society and governments across Pakistan. Since 2019, it is British Council’s lead Provincial Partner for the implementation of a…

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Join our Team – Aawaz II Finance & Administration Officer

Aawaz II Finance & Administration Officer Formed in 2000 Omar Asghar Khan Foundation is an NGO registered under the Societies Act 1860. Its average annual budget over the past three years is Rs.55 million. It has a staff of about 25 and offices in Islamabad and Abbottabad. Since 2019, it is British Council’s Provincial Partner for the implementation of a multiple-year project: Aawaz II. The Foundation is looking to hire a qualified person to be Aawaz…

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Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Punjab Budgets FY2022-23 & FY2023-24

Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Punjab Budgets FY2022-23 & FY2023-24 Consultative Session with Key Officials, Government of Punjab 28 February 2023, WDD Office, Lahore Omar Asghar Khan Foundation, Shirkat Gah and the Women Development Department (WDD), Government of Punjab collaboratively convened a meeting bringing together representatives of Social Welfare, Home, TVETA, Agriculture, Education, Special Education, Population Welfare and other key departments. Shirkat Gah presented its analysis of priorities for improved compliance with CEDAW & SDG5. The…

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Gender Responsive Budgets (GRB) Balochistan Budgets FY2022-23 & FY2023-24

Gender Responsive Budgets (GRB) Balochistan Budgets FY2022-23 & FY2023-24 24-25 February 2023, Islamabad The Balochistan Assembly, especially its Women Parliamentary Caucus, in collaboration with Omar Asghar Khan Foundation (the Foundation) and Shirkat Gah (SG), convened a two-day meeting of MPs and the Chair of BCSW to discuss gender-responsive budgeting that also contributes to improving compliance with CEDAW & SDG5. SG assisted the MPs to review compliance priorities of CEDAW & SDG5, emphasising some of the…

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Gender Responsive Budgeting Planning a Meeting with the National Assembly & Senate of Pakistan

Gender Responsive Budgeting Planning a Meeting with the National Assembly & Senate of Pakistan 14 February 2023, WPC Office, Islamabad Omar Asghar Khan Foundation met with the Secretary-Women Parliamentary Caucus-NA, Dr. Shahida Rehmani, to follow up on discussions held in August 2022 on GRB, CEDAW and SDG5. It was agreed that collaboration between the Foundation, Shirkat Gah & the WPC members/Senators will help promote GRB in ways that contributes to implementing the GRB Strategy developed…

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“No nation can ever be worthy of its existence that cannot take with them their #women.

"No nation can ever be worthy of its existence that cannot take with them their #women. No struggle can ever succeed without women ever participating side by side with men.” Quaid Azam Jinnah Islamia College for Women, Lahore, 25 March 1940 #AawazII vمیں نے ہمیشہ کہا ہے کہ کوئی قوم اپنی خواتین کو ساتھ لیے بغیراپنے وجود کے لائق نہیں ہو سکتی۔ خواتین کو مردوں کے شانہ بشانہ شریک کیے بغیر کوئی بھی جدوجہد کامیاب…

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On 12 February 1983

On 12 February 1983 women protested against the discriminatory laws in Pakistan. Each year this day is commemorated as National Women's Day to honor their struggle.

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Gender Responsive Budgeting Punjab Budgets FY2021-22 & 2022-23

Gender Responsive Budgeting Punjab Budgets FY2021-22 & 2022-23 Meeting with Secretary-WDD, Government of Punjab 10 February 2023, WDD Office, Lahore Key government departments like WDD, Social Welfare, Police, Home, Agriculture, Industries, TVETA, Education, Health and Population Welfare will meet to review the Foundation’s gendered analysis of Punjab’s Budget FY2022-23 and develop proposals for the province’s budget for FY2023-24. Key compliance needs of SDG5 and CEDAW will also be discussed. This was agreed at a meeting…

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Lead our team in financial management & administration

Formed in 2000 Omar Asghar Khan Foundation is an NGO registered under the Societies Act 1860. Its average annual budget over the past three years is Rs.55 million. It has a staff of about 25 and offices in Islamabad and Abbottabad. It is Aawaz II’s lead partner in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2000. We are looking to hire a qualified person to lead on financial management & planning and support administration. The selected individual will be…

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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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