Pakistan

MenEngage Pakistan

The MenEngage Alliance for Gender Equality and Ending Gender Based Violence was established in Pakistan as a follow up a regional consultation meeting held in Kathmandu-Nepal (January 2007). The Pakistan chapter of the MenEngage Alliance South Asia set a long term and short-term goal in the first meeting of MenEngage Alliance Pakistan held on the 21st of May 2007.

Long Term

To engage men and boys in the efforts for gender equality and ending violence.

Short Term

A growing network of NGOs, Pakistani and UN agencies to prevent gender based violence through the active involvement of men and boys.

The strategies of MEA Pakistan are aligned with the Global MenEngage strategies, which include, 1) advocacy and policy, 2) research and mapping and 3) capacity building and networking.

National Secretariat

Since January 2015, the secretariat of MenEngage Alliance in Pakistan is being hosted by Shirakat-Partnership for Development which is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-partisan organization working for equality and social justice. Shirakat engages university students, high school students and children and parents on peace building, dispute resolution/conflict transformation, gender equality and child protection and encourages caregiving role of fathers through its early childhood care and development programme.

From October 2011 to December 2014 the secretariat was hosted by AMAL Human Development Network, a gender-focused HIV & AIDS action group and one of the most visible advocates for prevention, treatment and awareness in Pakistan with special focus on marginalized and vulnerable groups of women and young children who not only suffer social exclusion but are also highly exposed to violence, trafficking and sexual abuse. For the period of May 2009 to September 2011, the secretariat was hosted by ROZAN, an Islamabad based NGO working on issues related to emotional health, gender, violence against women, children’s rights, and the reproductive health of adolescents. The secretariat was initially hosted by UNDP under the Gender Justice Through Musalihat Anjuman Project (GJTMAP) project since its inception in March 2007.

For further information please contact Ms. Bilquis Tahira, National Coordinator of the alliance in Pakistan.