Supporting Organisational Development in the Ministry of Women Development

The Ministry of Women development (MoWD) has the mandate to improve the social, legal, political and economic situation of women who face severe discrimination in all aspects of life. Its main strategy to achieve more equitable relations between women and men is to ensure that women’s perspectives and priorities are accounted for in all laws, policies, programmes and projects of the Government of Pakistan. This includes reforms under the “Gender Reform Action Plan”. However, the MoWD is severely understaffed and existing staff often lacks the necessary management skills and gender expertise. The GIZ supported project helps to strengthen the capacity of the MoWD and selected other key actors by providing long-term human resource development measures and policy advice.

Supporting Reforms to Reduce Violence Against Women

Due to their low social status, women and girls especially in the rural areas of Punjab are highly at risk to encounter different kinds of violence. The Social Welfare Department Punjab – the main governmental institution in the province Punjab to deal with violence against women - and some NGOs operate shelters that provide refuge for female survivors of gender-based violence. The GIZ supported project is contributing to strengthen existing support systems by capacity building activities and the formulation of guidelines in order to improve the performance and service delivery of shelters, hospitals and the police. The project also supports activities with the aim to change attitudes and raise awareness and, thus, prevent violence against women. In this regards, the project works closely with men as role models, religious leaders and the media.

Leveraging Change – Developing a Gender Niche in Policing

In Pakistan, institutional policies and practices manifest gender inequalities with negative implications for women and girls in terms of opportunities, resources, capacity and voice. The police in Pakistan exhibit a lack of sensitivity on gender issues and inadequate police response to crimes against women discourages women to seek justice.

Police-women working together.Gender Responsive Policing (July 2009 – December 2014 ) is a nationwide project funded by the German Foreign Office and jointly implemented by GIZ and the National Police Bureau (NPB) in Pakistan. The objective is to enable NPB to develop and implement policies to combat violence against women (VAW) in cooperation with police organizations. The focus has been on providing assistance to conduct a gender audit of the police, a curriculum review, capacity development, as well as to integrate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on VAW, pilot Ladies Complaint Units (LCUs) and, most importantly, to develop a Gender Strategy of Police. A participatory and evidence-based approach of institutional and human resource development has added value in creating support and leveraging change for equality.

The Project has created a niche for a gender focus within the police. Readiness of partners to engage in interventions, recognition of the project´s contribution and the incorporation of gender aspects in police work are indicators of the receptiveness of police organizations. The initiatives of LCUs, women campuses, investigation courses and increased gender awareness are contributing to the participation of women in mainstream policing for a better police response, leading to an increased reporting on VAW and changing men’s perception about women’s role in policing. 
This project was one of the top ten award winning teams of the 2012 GIZ Gender Competition.

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