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Every Voice Counts

 

An initiative to ensure that local and provincial government authorities promote a citizen engagement and social accountability model to enhance women participation in governance processes and to address Gender based violence

CARE Pakistan is implementing a five years programme (2016-2020) “Every Voice Counts” in collaboration with CARE Netherlands and the support of Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CARE started this particular initiative in 6 countries and in Pakistan it is being implemented in 2districts of Sindh province.The project enhances women’s participation in  governance process and reduces harmful practices and labor rights violations by effectively engaging duty bearers with right holders.The particular programmatic intervention plays a very important role for the implementation of pro-women legislations in two districts of Sindh by engaging law enforcement agencies, referral services, response mechanisms and community representatives to end harmful cultural practices.

Objectives:

  • Women affected by violence in the form of harmful cultural practices or those deprived of their rights as workers have adequate access to legal and social spaces to express and register their grievances and have effective linkages with actors influencing decisions related to their rights and legal entitlements
  • Civil society organizations are effectively influencing policies and practices related to GBV and labor rights and holding district, provincial authorities and power holders into account
  • District public authorities (District Coordination Officer, District Police Officer, Senior District Session Judge, District elected representatives EDOs health , labor officer, social welfare officer , district election commissioner ) and power holders are responsive to and act upon the needs and interests of marginalized women affected by violence and deprived of their labour rights through inclusive governance

Outcomes/Results

  • Marginalized women affected by violence in the form of harmful cultural practices and labour rights violations are involved in decision making at household level and challenging existing practices at village level
  • Civil society organizations are effectively influencing policies and practices related to GBV, labour rights and inclusive governance and holding district and provincial authorities and power holders (Employers, feudal lords, Members of National assembly, Members of provincial assembly) to account.
  • District public authorities  and other power holders  are responsive to and act upon the needs and interests of marginalized women affected by violence and deprived of their labour rights .
  • Marginalized women, civil society, district level public authorities collectively interact with provincial and national authorities as well as with international actors for dialogue and negotiation on rights and entitlements of marginalized women.

 

Donor : Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands

Total Budget : EUR 2,199,930 (Equivalent to USD 2,353,924)

Target Geographic Locations: Mirpurkhas -Umerkot