Project profile — FEMPOWER


2019-03-28 - 2023-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Pakistan (100.00%)


• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (15.00%)
Legislatures and political parties (15152) (37.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (48.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal 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 (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to increase the political empowerment and enjoyment of rights by women, particularly young women, marginalized groups, and those at risk. The project also seeks to empower the poor and marginalized, especially women to articulate their concerns, exercise political choice and hold decision makers and policy makers to account. The project defines political empowerment as the capacity to participate more effectively in all public spheres, including but not limited to the electoral process. Project activities include: (1) providing technical assistance to women legislators for (a) improved legislative drafting, oversight, and post legislative scrutiny; and (b) on gender responsive budgets and obligations; (2) providing technical training to journalists from 4 provincial capitals and 11 districts on gender sensitive reporting; (3) providing leadership training to community women, women councillors and men allies in 11 districts; (4) providing training to grassroots women and men allies on Personal Status Laws, gender-based violence, education and health services; and (5) providing technical training to women, youth, minority and peasant/labor councillors on provincial local government systems, planning and budgets.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) reinforce the demands of women and civil society organizations for gender equality and inclusive democracy at various levels through awareness raising, capacity building, networking and conducting evidence based advocacy campaigns; (2) extend technical support to elected and executive branches of government to promote and institutionalize gender equitable laws, policies & budgets; (3) women and youth are provided with opportunities for self-expression and engagement in public debates around gender; (4) strengthened women and women councillors to adopt rights-seeking behavior and assume leadership roles; and (5) ensure greater access of women to gender-sensitized state actors, non-state actors and media personnel. The combined impact of these interventions increases the political empowerment of women and help to reduce poverty in Pakistan.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 202 civil society organizations actively participated in project-led campaigns for gender equality and inclusive governance; (2) coached 74 women Members of Parliament in effective techniques in Post-Legislative Scrutiny; (3) launched 548 Social Action Initiatives to advance gender equality at the community level; (4) 8,859 women in 11 districts engaged in project-supported events, forums, and platforms; and (5) 17,277 people (15,101 women and 1,834 men) received official identification documents due to project-supported local initiatives.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
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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