US commits $40 million to advance women’s rights in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The US is launching a new $40-million Gender Equity Grants Programme in Pakistan to advance women’s rights and support the government of Pakistan’s policies against gender inequities. “The US and Pakistan are focused on empowering women and advancing women’s rights,” Ambassador Anne W Patterson said.
The US will work with the Aurat Foundation, in partnership with the Asia Foundation, to provide 400 to 500 grants to local organisations. The grantees would include NGOs, policy think tanks, academic research and training, business associations, media, as well as relevant government entities that address women’s equality.
The grants would be used to strengthen the capacity of organisations in Pakistan that advocate for gender equity, womenÂ’s empowerment and the elimination of gender-based violence. The programme would strengthen women’s rights organisations through specialised training, leadership development, coalition building, advocacy and public outreach.
Source: Daily Times