Project profile — Women’s Voice and Leadership - Pakistan


Oxfam Canada (22501)
2019-02-25 - 2024-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Pakistan (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project is part of Canada’s Women’s Voice and Leadership Program, which supports local and regional women’s organisations and networks that are working to promote women’s rights, and advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in developing countries. This is done by supporting activities, building institutional capacity, and promoting network and alliance-building as women’s rights and feminist organizations are critical agents of change. The Program also responds to the globally recognized, significant gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements around the world. The project seeks to advance gender equality in Pakistan by: (1) supporting the work of, and strengthening women’s rights organizations (WROs); (2) supporting capacity building in proposal development, leadership skills, media, legal frameworks pertaining to women, and on feminist monitoring, evaluation and learning; (3) providing organizational development training to select WROs based on needs identified by them; (4) providing direct grants for operational support and to facilitate the implementation and monitoring of WROs’ programs; and (5) providing responsive funding, research grants and funding for developing one national level alliance.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved management, programming and sustainability of local WROs in Pakistan, particularly those representing vulnerable and marginalized women and girls; (2) enhanced delivery of programming by WROs to advance gender equality in Pakistan; and (3) increased effectiveness of national and sub-national women’s rights networks to bring about gender-sensitive policy change and implementation in Pakistan.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 12 core women`s rights organizations (WROs) demonstrated more gender-inclusive practices in their respective areas. They enhanced their skills in community engagement, proposal development, gender-responsive financial management, and safeguarding practice. These WROs also improved their organizational, operations, and governing systems and developed more gender-just policies and compliance practices; (2) 12 core WROs organized 529 public events addressing issues important to women in Pakistan; (3) 44 WROs received funding supporting their programming and capacity-building needs; and (4) 16 WROs received funding for research and innovation.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
01-09-2023 Disbursement $360,394
06-09-2023 Disbursement $666,936
11-12-2023 Disbursement $210,166
06-03-2024 Disbursement $250,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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