On 16th September, 2018, Peace & Justice Network Pakistan (PJN) initiated one of its kind project with the support of UNDP N-Peace Network focusing on Women, Peace and Security UNSCR 1325.
Under the Project, PJN will be building the capacity of female local government elected representatives from village councils and neighborhood councils in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in order to ensure their equal participation in the decision-making process so that they can better protect and promote the rights of women in conflict affected situations. PJN is targeting district Haripur for piloting the project.
Based on PJN’s past experience in district, women local government representatives in particular and women in general are facing following challenges;
So these challenges limit in ensuring women's equal participation in the decision-making process as well as protecting and promoting the rights of women in conflict affected situations.
In order to achieve the project aim to build the capacity of women local government representatives to enhance women's equal participation in the decision-making process and for protecting and promoting the rights of women in conflict affected situations, PJN will design a capacity building program for the women local government representatives in District Haripur which covers following skills:
Project will target all the 180 village and neighborhood councils as well as District and Tehsil Councils. Total 180 representatives will be trained under the program. Through the initiative, PJN will also ensure that the women local government representative must have their say in the decision making process at village, tehsil and district level. Program success will review through number of recommendations given by local government women representatives’ take-up by the local government and district administration. Also success will be measured through the letters send by women elected representatives on behalf of women community members for resolving grassroot issues to different departments and action taken on them.
PJN legal aid panel of women lawyer will also play their role in protecting rights of women in their respective districts by providing legal advisory and court representation services so that women feel secure.
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