Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), a not-for-profit company that represents a model of public-private partnership, has planned a number of activities to support the 16 Days of Activism campaign, reinforcing their role as a sector developer in the country in addition to their work on gender equality.
To mark the 16 Days of Activism campaign this year, PPAF will educate employees and partner organisations via multiple awareness sessions on need of political, social and economic empowerment of women. Communication material including posters and social media messages will be used to encourage and guide partner organisations to hold engaging activities with community institutions for promotion of gender equality in project areas.
In another activity, PPAF has launched a photo and video competition titled ‘What gender equality means to you’. Inspired by the UN sustainable development goal 5 – achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls – the competition is open for staff of PPAF and its partner organisations as well as members of the PPAF supported community institutions. A closing event has been planned in which personalities from civil society and academia will be invited to share their thoughts and experiences.
PPAF said it recognised the critical need to empower women as active participants in the development process and was working on equal inclusion of women in 130 districts across Pakistan through its partner organisations.
It said that as of June 2017, PPAF had supported 2.25 million people through community organisations and credit groups, out of which 62 percent were women. Out of 318,763 individuals receiving loans under the Prime Minister Interest Free Loans Scheme, 63 percent represent women, while out of 8.4 million microcredit loans financed by PPAF, 60 percent had been extended to women, said the organisation, adding, as many as 16.22 million individuals have benefitted from the PPAF supported infrastructure and water facilities out of which women constitute more than 50 percent.
Moreover, PPAF said that out of 414, 329 individuals who were imparted trainings on enterprise and skill development under the livelihoods interventions, 46 percent were women. In the PPAF supported primary and secondary schools, 44 percent out of the 247, 229 students enrolled are girls. An almost equal representation of women in these initiatives ensures that women and girls are given economic and social opportunities to bring about positive change in their lives, said PPAF.
PPAF further stated that it recently concluded a pilot project titled, ‘Access to Justice’ in collaboration with Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan in three union councils of District Rajanpur in Punjab.
The aim of the project was to enhance awareness of communities’ access to justice through the formal legal system by involving community institutions and engaging community resource persons, stated PPAF.
Staff. PPAF organises activities to support ‘16 Days of Activism’. Daily Times, November 29, 2017.