Development Counterpart gives utmost important to gender issues that arise from hierarchical relations of power between women and men in their communities. Gender hierarchies are often accepted as natural. They define rigid gender roles and tend to disadvantage women. We focus on transforming the social construct of these relations by addressing inequities based on gender and the consequent unfavourable treatment of individuals. The health and economic implications of gender discrimination necessitate process of developing awareness and capacity on gender issues in the communities. Our interventions empower girls and women to participate more fully in social and economic life of their communities. These goals are aligned with United Nations SDG 5

To advance gender goals, Development Counterpart will continue to:

  • Support government reforms for the protection of women rights to economic resources, access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws.
  • Advocate adoption and strengthening of sound policies and legislation for the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.
  • Strengthen the capacity of national and subnational authorities enabling them to generate and use relevant gender related data to formulate, implement and monitor gender-responsive education policies and programmes
  • Promote better understanding and proper practicing on comprehensive sexuality and reproductive health information, services, life skills and other relevant programmes for adolescent girls and young women to empower successful and healthy transitions into adulthood;
  • Gather and analyse sex-disaggregated data to identify qualitative gender equality indicators
  • Advocate policies for gender equality as a core development objective
  • Identify and address violations of women rights in communities to ensure realization of their full human rights
  • Support all partners in ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls
  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights

We have successfully implemented projects on addressing the gender issues in the country. These projects involved awareness and mobilization campaigns, institutional support, capacity building, technical training, and credit and saving schemes for women.

Our partners in gender related interventions have been USAID, US Consulate Peshawar, The Asia Foundation, NED, Fund for Global Human Rights, TVO, Action Aid, CHIP, Aurat Foundation, Ministry of Women Development, and Institute for Developmental Studies and Practices.

Major Projects under the Thematic Area of Gender
Sr. No. Project Name Project Year’s Budget in PKR Funding Source Implemented By
1 Malakand Women’s Democratic Development Program (MW2DP) 2017 4,400,000 National Endowment for Democracy (NED) ABKT
2 Strong Girls Better world (sports and leadership promotion in youth) 2014-2015 15,600,000 US Consulate, Peshawar, KPK ABKT
3 Third party Monitoring of Sub Grantees of TAF/USAID Funder GEP 2012 800,000 Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) YO
4 End domestic violence against Women under Gender Equity Program 2012 2,934,000 GEF-The Asia Foundation, Islamabad ABKT
5 Organizational Strengthening for Women’s Rights Protection 2011-2012 850,000 Fund for Global Human Rights ABKT
6 Women Receive Land Title from Government 2011 2,136,790 Aurat Foundation / USAID Pakistan YO
7 Women Economic  Empowerment Initiative 2011 2,500,000 Fund for Global Human Rights ABKT
8 Mobilization, awareness and education on women political right, participation,  inheritance rights and honour killing 2006-2007 Self-Supported ABKT ABKT
9 Formation and Capacity building of women organization 2005-2007 2,230,000 Civil Society HID program (CHIP) ABKT
10 ABKT Participated in different project, initiatives for women political participation by different organizations in LG polls 2005 such as FAFEN, Aurat Foundation, Women Political Participation Project (W3P ), etc. 2005-2007 Self-Supported ABKT & Local NGOs ABKT
11 Establishment of District Coordination council of local NGOs, CBOs, and stakeholder for women political right in Dir Lower 2005-2006 Self-Supported ABKT & Local NGOs ABKT
12 Formation and Capacity building of women organization 2005 1,260,000 Civil Society HID program (CHIP) ABKT
13 Formation and Capacity building of women organization 2005 1,260,000 Civil Society HID program (CHIP) ABKT
14 Awareness and  political education Women political right in Malakand division 2005 1,270,450 ACTION AID ABKT
15 Formation and Capacity building of women organization 2003 1,260,000 CHIP ABKT
16 Awareness and political education on women political rights and participation 2002-2004 Self-Supported ABKT ABKT
17 Campaign on women participation in the local government election 2001 2001 Self-Supported ABKT ABKT
18 Micro enterprise development, Credit and Saving scheme for women 1999 800,000 TAF ABKT