PPAF Workshop on SDG 5

PPAF Workshop on SDG 5 held in Peshawar

The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund held a provincial workshop titled, ‘Taking SDGs to the Field’, in Peshawar. The objective of the workshop was to emphasize the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 5 around achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls vis-à-vis the indicators: elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere; recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and promotion of shared responsibility within household and the family as nationally appropriate; and ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life. Field staff and senior management from partner organizations in KP & FATA implementing PPAF Program for Poverty Reduction funded by the Italian Development Cooperation, Government of Italy also participated in the workshop.

Mrs. Munawar Humayun, Chairperson SRSP said, the way to women’s empowerment is to enable them to contribute financially to their households. In return, they are given respect and power to make decisions. She emphasized that a Community Investment Fund coupled with vocational training is a powerful tool used to empower and free women from several social and cultural barriers and help create financial independence. In addition, Mrs. Humayun also noted that community members must be aware of their rights, including birth and marriage certificates, ID cards and inheritance rights within the greater society. She focused on nurturing the spirit of volunteerism to achieve SDGs.

Farid Gul Mohmand, a Gender Based Analyst at the UNFPA, spoke about his own personal experience with gender discrimination. He focused on the vital role men play in changing the cultural expectations of women. Mr. Mohmand emphasized the need to challenge harmful cultural practices, and noted that gender equality is a shared responsibility. He said, women have so many responsibilities, and this is the biggest reason that they should be given a voice.

A team from Pakistan Girls Guides Association (PGGA), KP Chapter also made a presentation on initiatives undertaken by their organization for betterment of women and children. They also discussed various possibilities through which the staff working with the grassroots communities could link up with them.

The discussions were followed by a group work during which the field staff gave recommendations to address gender inequalities in health, education, women leadership and economic participation.

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund is playing a leading role to ensure equity, inclusion and women’s participation within the organization and amongst the partner organizations. Through these provincial workshops, PPAF envisions to develop a national action plan that will enable its partner organizations to play a meaningful role in attainment of the SDG Goal 5.