This project aims are to increase women's political participation in the face of extremism and conflict in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA). Women are underrepresented at all levels of decision-making and their needs related to the conflict are not being sufficiently addressed in these areas. This project will empower women through documentation, political training, and the creation of a forum where they can voice their concerns to policymakers.
Gross violations of women's rights are routinely observed in KP and PATA. Most women in these areas do not have the liberty to freely play their role in political and developmental processes due to cultural and social constraints. Both they and their children face the direct and indirect brunt of militancy and conflict in the region. Women's issues prevail largely due to the alarmingly limited number of women in meaningful leadership roles that afford them quality representation.
This project will document the impact of militancy and extremism on women in this region and initiate dialogues with policymakers on these issues. Drawing attention to the necessity of prioritizing women's perspectives in peacebuilding, this project will design a leadership program for emerging women leaders and provide trainings for elected women councilors. Lastly, the project will establish a Gender Responsive Action Forum (GRAF) to facilitate collaboration for women's rights and leadership.
This project will result in increased political participation of women in KP and PATA. Women's needs and perspectives on peacebuilding will be documented and brought to policymakers, sparking longer-term dialogues on these issues. The trainings will provide women with the skills they need to continue voicing their opinions, and the GRAF will provide women with a space to collaborate. Lastly, the project will inspire future generations of young girls to get involved in politics and peacebuilding.