Women Empowerment

Aurat Foundation

Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan
A Scoping Study

January 2011 This publication was produced as a scoping study by the Gender Equity Program (GEP) of Aurat Foundation with the financial support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) . The study was carried out by Ms. Rubina Saigol Copy Rights Aurat Publication and Information Services Foundation

Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan
A Scoping Study January 2011

This publication is made possible by the support of American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of the Aurat Foundation and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or United States Government.

Preface
The Gender Equity Program (GEP) forms a substantive part of Aurat Foundation’s long-term commitment and action to serving the cause of women’s empowerment and advancement in Pakistan. GEP is a five-year USAID-supported grant-making program which aims to close the gender gap in Pakistan by facilitating behavioral change, enabling women to access information, resources and institutions, acquire control over their lives and improve societal attitudes towards women and their issues. It is being implemented with the collaboration of Asia Foundation. The objectives of GEP are: • Enhancing gender equity by expanding women’s access to justice and women’s human rights • Increasing women’s empowerment by expanding knowledge of their rights and opportunities to exercise their rights in the workplace, community, and home • Combating gender-based violence • Strengthening the capacity of Pakistani organizations that advocate for gender equity, women’s empowerment and the elimination of gender-based violence GEP’s program matrix puts together the aims, requirements, activities and actions of each of the four objectives into a systematic grid that lists all the required outputs, the interventions for each output and the program.