However defined, poverty in Pakistan has a greater impact on women and girls. Women are politically and socially excluded from decision-making, have restricted access to basic social services, economic opportunities and livelihood choices with a higher vulnerability in disasters. Growing inequities, debilitating religious and sectarian perceptions, entrenched patriarchy, gender discriminatory attitudes and beliefs, corruption, political power imbalances all point to the institutionalized core of these underlying causes of discrimination and marginalization of women and girls.
CARE International in Pakistan’s five years (2013-2018) Gender and Governance Program sets the foundation and builds momentum to deliver the change it has committed to in its 15 year strategic plan (LRSP). It defines how future projects will be aligned with CARE’s strategic plan, the program and frameworks.
In light of the poor governance and gender inequity being inseparable from the root causes of poverty in Pakistan, CIP’s program place governance and gender as its core approach to achieving equitable and sustainable development. CARE’s theory of change (ToC) to tackle this is built around 3 domains of change and affirmatively places women at its focus:
“If marginalized women (citizens) are empowered - and if public authorities and power-holders are effective, accountable and responsive to their women (citizens) – and if spaces for negotiations between power-holders and marginalized women (citizens) are expanded, effective and inclusive - then sustainable and equitable development can be achieved.”