PPAF takes SDGs to the field in Balochis­tan

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL - Staff Re­port

The Pak­istan Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Fund con­ducted the fourth pro­vin­cial work­shop on, 'Tak­ing SDGs to the Field', in Quetta. The ob­jec­tive of the work­shop was to em­pha­size the im­por­tance of Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goal 5 around achiev­ing gen­der equal­ity and em­pow­er­ing all women. This plat­form al­lowed par­tic­i­pants to dis­cuss ways PPAF and its part­ners could take for­ward SDG Goal 5 and to reach an agree- ment with the field staff to take for­ward the com­mit­ments on in­clu­sion and eq­uity. Field staff and se­nior man­age­ment from part­ner or­ga­ni­za­tions in Balochis­tan im­ple­ment­ing PPAF Pro­gram for Poverty Re­duc­tion funded by the Ital­ian Devel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion, Gov­ern­ment of Italy par­tic­i­pated in the work­shop.

Mr. Meer Mo­hammed Ta­reen, Le­gal Ad­vi­sor to the speaker of the pro­vin­cial assem­bly rep­re­sented the Balochis­tan Gov­ern­ment and gave the key­note ad­dress. He ap­plauded PPAF for creat­ing a plat­form to dis­cuss the low gen­der in­di­ca­tors and noted that Balochis­tan is the first prov­ince to have a fe­male speaker in a pro­vin­cial assem­bly. Fur­ther­more, since. Ms. Ra­heela Dur­rani has as­sumed re­spon­si­bil­ity as the speaker, an ac­tive di­a­logue re­gard­ing gen­der em­pow­er­ment has been present within the assem­bly. He added that Balochis­tan was des­per­ate for fund­ing to de­velop in­fra­struc­ture, strengthen ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity to qual­ity health work­ers and fa­cil­i­ties. He said that with the devel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture projects, so­cial mo­bi­liza­tion and so­cial aware­ness, the women of Balochis­tan will be bet­ter em­pow­ered. There­fore PPAF and its part­ners should in­crease so­cial mo­bi­liza­tion which will lead to so­cial aware­ness of ba­sic rights at the grass­roots thus build­ing a so­cial pres­sure lead­ing to ac­count­abil­ity of the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and bet­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion of gov­ern­ment strate­gies and poli­cies. Fi­nally, Mr. Ta­reen said that the civil so­ci­ety needs to rep­re­sent women's is­sues, and in or­der to do that, women need to voice their con­cerns and chal­lenges.

Mr. Nadir Gul of the Balochis­tan Ru­ral Sup­port Pro­gram high­lighted that nat­u­ral re­source degra­da­tion has a di­rect cor­re­la­tion with the so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ties which ham­pered at­tain­ment of the MDGs. He men­tioned that a col­lab­o­ra­tion of eco­nomic, en­v­i­ron- ment and so­cial in­te­gra­tion will be a more ef­fec­tive strat­egy to im­prove poli­cies that im­prove gen­der em­pow­er­ment. In ad­di­tion, Mr. Gul stressed that women are the big­gest vic­tims of the wa­ter cri­sis in Balochis­tan. The ex­pec­ta­tion from so­ci­ety and the home is for women to gather wa­ter for the house­hold, re­sult­ing in girls be­ing marked ab­sent from schools. He stressed that so­cial mo­bi­liza­tion is an ef­fec­tive tool to help gover­nance and that fe­male eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence leads to over­all em­pow­er­ment of women and en­hances their abil­ity to lead in so­ci­ety and be in­volved in de­ci­sion mak­ing pro­cesses at home.

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