Support for good governance – Prevention of violence against women

Project description

Title: Support for good governance – Prevention of violence against women
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Pakistan
Lead executing agency: Economic Affairs Division (EAD)
Overall term: 2014 to 2015

Context

Violence against women continues to be widespread in Khyber Pakhtunkwa and in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). This primarily involves domestic violence, abduction and murder, but new forms of violence have also emerged, such as direct threats and violent attacks against women and girls by extremist groups. There is no data available for FATA, in particular; the estimated number of unreported cases is high. Conservative groups are exerting their influence and hindering social and political dialogue on the causes and consequences of violence against women. The lack of capacity in government institutions makes it more difficult for women, particularly victims of violence, to access social services and justice. There is also insufficient experience in how to prevent violence against women.

The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the FATA Secretariat have recognised that measures to prevent violence against women and to protect them are important to enable women to lead a peaceful life with their children and families and to develop their potential.

Objective

The capacity of government actors to prevent violence against women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA is strengthened.

Approach

The programme supports the Social Welfare, Special Education and Women's Empowerment Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the FATA Secretariat in meeting their responsibilities and performing their tasks in cooperation with civil society. This includes both the prevention of violence and the protection and reintegration of women. Both partners receive support in adapting the legal framework to meet national and international standards and in implementing existing laws. Efforts are made to raise awareness among formal and informal decision-makers as well as the media about the causes and consequences of violence. They are strengthened in implementing preventive measures in a conflict- and gender-sensitive manner in their particular tasks. The quality and accessibility of medical, socio-economic and legal services for victims of violence needs to be enhanced. It is crucial that government and the large number of civil society providers offer these services in a coordinated manner.

Results

The following results have been achieved:

  • Benefiting from technical and organisational advice, a committee of legal experts is supporting the provincial government in enhancing the quality of legal regulations to prevent and protect against violence.
  • Technical and cooperation advice is helping officials in the Social Welfare, Special Education and Women's Empowerment Department to implement the law on the protection of women against harassment at the workplace in the district of Nowshera. This work is being carried out in close cooperation with civil society groups.
  • Process and policy advice have enabled the FATA Secretariat to release the Women Empowerment and Protection Policy for FATA, which includes both preventive and protective measures.
  • The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the FATA Secretariat have adopted a uniform approach and format for reporting to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
  • The Social Welfare, Special Education and Women's Empowerment Department and the FATA Secretariat can use updated data from government and civil society service providers to coordinate medical, psychosocial, legal and vocational counselling and hence make it more accessible.
  • Technical and organisational advice has led to better management and uniform service standards in the women's shelters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This benefits an average of 240 women and their children each month.
  • Gender-sensitive reporting on cases of violence against women is part of the curriculum for journalism training at the University of Peshawar. Forty journalists have already been trained on the basis of the new curriculum.