Projects

Enhancing Women’s Role in Pakistan’s Peace and Security

Enhancing Women’s Role in Pakistan’s Peace and Security

USIP and IFT have been partners, since 2016 through 2017, to i) present women’s perspective on peace and security vis-a-vis NAP and its implementation arms, while exploring meaning, relevance, impact and women’s role as citizens, public representatives and peace-builders, ii) surface recommendations with the participation of parliamentarians, civil society and state institutions for integration of women in peace and security, iii) work with public officials for inclusion of women and women’s perspective in peace and security, and iv) identify, introduce and link women peace builders in Pakistan to back gender-sensitive reforms and amendments.

Prioritization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Prioritization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In order to get SDGs prioritized by the people in Punjab and AJK to assist the Government of Pakistan in contextualizing the development goals, IFT and UNDP became partners towards the end of 2016 for a period of three months. This exercise was mandated to feed into the national initiative led by the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Provincial Planning and Development Department and UNDP for effective response to the challenges inherent in adopting the broad agenda of SDGs. We reached out to 4,242 male and female community members, youths of educational institutions, religious and ethnic minorities groups, and district government officials of the district Bhakkar, Bahawalpur, Chakwal, Chiniot, Mandi Bahauddin, Rajanpur, in Punjab, and Muzaffarabad in AJK, and thus in the process of helping the respective governments.

Civil Society Action for Empowering Women and Institutional Accountability

Civil Society Action for Empowering Women and Institutional Accountability

IFT and the Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands partnered in 2016 through 2017 for implementation of the yearlong project “Civil Society Action for Empowering Women and Institutional Accountability”. We organized and assisted civil society and formal and informal groups of women in 10 union councils and the district level, at District Faisalabad, for leadership in community governance and accountability, and reached out to female parliamentarians of the Punjab Assembly for considering legislation on gender-sensitive Right to Services Act with women as key stakeholders in the implementation of such Act.

Act for Change: Promotion of Democratic Culture and Peace through Art & Music

Act for Change: Promotion of Democratic Culture and Peace through Art & Music

After working with 56,000 male and female students of different schools and universities, for promotion of democratic values and negotiated peace while applying gender equality lens, in last ten years, IFT’s is currently implementing the “Act for Change” while inducting university students as interns. The purpose of the project is to assist male and female university graduate youths, of fine arts, political science, sociology, gender, etc., to protect, support and promote democratic values and negotiated peace through different campus and community-based activities. National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is our partner in this project.

Act for Change: Peace and Democracy Initiative

Act for Change: Peace and Democracy Initiative

IFT and NED move into sixth year of partnership, i.e., 2015-16. This year, we aim to sensitize and enable young boys and girls, at 31 schools and 4 universities, to i) demonstrate values of peace, gender equality, tolerance and democracy, ii) instill qualities of leadership among them, iii) work together to protect women, young girls and children from gender based violence, and iv) foster conditions for socio-economic development of women and young girls. It is larger scale mobilization, capacity development and technical-assistance program to achieve the desired results, while putting together model work at Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Khairpur.

Managing and Countering GBV incidence throungh Strenghthening Lahore Hub and Building Capacities of the Seamless Services Partners

Managing and Countering GBV incidence throungh Strenghthening Lahore Hub and Building Capacities of the Seamless Services Partners

Project Duration: Dec 2014- May 2016
Funding Partner: The Aurat Foundation “ For Gender Equity Program” through the support of USAID.

The purpose of this project is to develop capacity of shelter homes and relevant public and private stakeholders, and aware general masses in Pakistan, and Provide psychosocial counseling, legal assistance, economic rehabilitation opportunities to SGBV survivors and children using seamless service model in Pakistan Demonstrate strong linkages among the key public and private stakeholders, for availability of seamless services to the SGBV survivors.

Media for the Rights of Women and Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Balochistan

Media for the Rights of Women and Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Balochistan

Project Duration: February 2013, January 2014
Funding Partner: Balochistan Responsive Fund – Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development – Govt. of Canada

The purpose of this project was to enable media studies and fine arts, students and mid-career journalists at Quetta to use media as a tool to educate masses about the rights of women and religious and ethnic minorities at Balochistan. IFT implemented it with male and female students of the media studies department and the fine arts department of the University of Balochistan, and a group of mid-level journalists from Quetta. Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) – now known as Department of Foriegn Affairs, Trade and Development – was partner of IFT in this project.

Establishment of Psychosocial and Legal Counseling Units in Private Shelters in Punjab

Establishment of Psychosocial and Legal Counseling Units in Private Shelters in Punjab

Project Duration: April – December 2013
Funding Partner: USAID-GEP-Aurat Foundation

The mentioned project provided legal assistance and psycho-social support to the women survivors who are living at three private shelter homes, in Sargodha, Muzaffargarh and Lahore. IFT was sub-grantee of the USAID supported Gender Equity Program (GEP) which was
signed between USAID/Pakistan and the Aurat Foundation.

Strengthening Women Politicians for Effective Government in Pakistan

Strengthening Women Politicians for Effective Government in Pakistan

Project Duration: January 2012-August 2013
Funding Partner: Search for Common Ground Pakistan

Search for Common Ground partnered with IFT in the stated project in order to facilitate women parliamentarians and women potential leaders at Sindh and Punjab, so that they demonstrate their leadership skills and employ their potential for
peace building through effective media management. IFT provides coaching, training, and has been organizing leadership
forums and summits towards this end.

Consultation with Rural Youth for National Youth Engagement Strategy

Consultation with Rural Youth for National Youth Engagement Strategy

Project Duration: November 2012-January 2013
Funding Partner: The World Bank

Funded by the World Bank, IFT conducted this qualitative study at KP and Punjab to ascertain the perceptions of rural youths and adults on issues and challenges of the youth. This study aims to contribute to the National Youth Engagement Strategy being developed by the World Bank.

Anatomy of the Conflicts in KP and Punjab

Anatomy of the Conflicts in KP and Punjab

Project Duration: November 2012, January 2013
Funding Partner: SDPI

This study was conducted to map different disputes and conflicts at Punjab and KP to assist DFID-funded AAWAZ project in identifying key strategies for dispute resolution. SDPI contracted IFT for this task under the Policy Advocacy, Research and Results (PARR) window of the AAWAZ project.

Women Action for Peace and Non-violence

Women Action for Peace and Non-violence

Project Duration: January 2011-December 2013
Funding Partner: UN Women

Women’s Action for Peace and Non-violence was a 3-year project, under its Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Program. IFT was implementing the “People to People Diplomacy” component of the project in 25 districts, of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. The second partner of this project, Khwendo Kor, was working in 3 districts of KP and two agencies of FATA. The said project seeks to capacitate NGOs in the selected districts to take up the agenda of women, peace and non-violence, work with local governments and home department (of Punjab) and facilitate NGOs and local governments to develop district action plans to protect women from violence.

Act for Change - Building Bridges for Peace and Democracy

Building Bridges for Peace and Democracy

Project Duration: June 2011-May 2014
Funding Partner: National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and UN Women

Expanding “Act for Change” IFT, in partnership with National Endowment for Democracy, implemented the project “Building Bridges for Peace and Democracy” in 8 districts, i.e., Lahore and Faisalabad in Punjab and Mansehra, Mardan, Harripur, Peshawar, Swat and Nowshera in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project aimed to involve youths and communities in peace building and conflict resolution activities, especially to protect women from SGBV, to facilitate them to be part of peace building and conflict resolution activities and to prevent conditions that promote violence. IFT is the first organization in Pakistan has involved women and youth under this project to do security mapping for protection of women and youth from violence and harassment. UN Women funded IFT for this project in 2013. NED continues to partner with us to-date. Five Years Report Link: https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?Bsrc=Share&Bpub=SDX.SkyDrive&resid=3BF3D8D06B4184FA!250&cid=3bf3d8d06b4184fa&app=WordPdf&authkey=!Aj421TGi06j4oDg

Informed Intuitional Intervention for Rights of Women and Religious Minorities

Informed Intuitional Intervention for Rights of Women and Religious Minorities

Project Duration: September 2011-December 2011
Funding Partner: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Building on USIP?s funded project, Ethnic and Religious Diversity, Peace and Diversity, IFT concluded its campaign based four months long project, Informed Institutional Intervention for Rights of Women and Religious Minorities. Mass communication departments of 5 Punjab based universities were IFT?s partners in this project. Students of each university?s media studies departments developed video documentaries, radio talk shows, TV commercials, public service messages and drama skits on the rights of women and religious minorities, and competed for positions in the competition held subsequently. First, second and third positions were awarded Rs. 50,000, 30,000 and 20,000 respectively for each category. The first position holder video documentary and radio talk show were later telecasted/broadcasted in Gujrat, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad and Bahawalpur, at FM stations and Cable TV.

Act for Change: Rights, Democracy and Peace Initiative

Act for Change: Rights, Democracy and Peace Initative

Project Duration: July 2010 – June 2011
Funding Partner: National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

IFT is implementing this one-year project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s 13 Afghan refugee and Pakistani educational institutions. IFT is assisting schools to foster values of peace and democracy through use sports as a medium. Under this, IFT has also formed 13 Community Protection Councils (CPCs), at Peshawar and Mansehra, which are working to protect women from violence and engage them in peace building and non-violence related activities. We are also linking them with different local institutions and departments to enable them to sustain themselves. IFT is the first organization in Pakistan that has introduced the concept of sports as a tool for education on peace and democracy. We are also the first organization which has involved women and youth to do security mapping for protection of women and youth from violence and harassment.

Ethnic and Religious Diversity, Peace and Tolerance and Alternative Media Development Project

Ethnic and Religious Diversity, Peace and Tolerance and Alternative Media Development Project

Project Duration: May 2010- May 2011
Funding Partner: United States Institute of Peace

Under Child Development and Youth Leadership Program (CDYLP), IFT is implementing this project. The organization is implementing it with the mass communication departments of 5 Punjab based universities. This project has enabled 100 students and 10 faculty members of the partner universities to identify media biases against women and religious and ethnic minorities and develop alternative media products in line of the spirit of the constitution of Pakistan and the country’s international commitments. United Stated Institute of Peace (USIP) has provided financial assistance for its implementation.

Relief and Early Recovery Project - Rajanpur

Relief and Early Recovery Project – Rajanpur

Project Duration: September 2010 – December 2010
Funding Partner: Canadian International Development Agency

IFT implemented this four months project with the financial support of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and World Accord (Canada) to assist 500 women headed families at District Rajanpur to meet their immediate as well as short-term needs.

Relief and Early Recovery Project - Rajanpur

Relief and Early Recovery Project – Rajanpur

Project Duration: September 2010 – December 2010
Funding Partner: World Accord Canada

World Accord, Canada provided small immediate assistance to IFT for adding materials in the packages for 500 families at flood affected Rajanpur district where IFT carried out the relief and early recovery project with the financial assistance of Canadian International Development Agency.

Women, Peace and Policy

Women, Peace and Policy

Project Duration: April 2010 – March 2010
Funding Partner: Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

Women Action for Peace (WAP) is a network formed by five women headed organizations in Pakistan including Insan Foundation Trust (IFT). The organization is honored to be its first secretariat. WAP is a policy advocacy network for women’s protection from all forms of violence, de-radicalization of youth and women’s inclusion in peace building measures at all levels. This network is a voluntary platform cobbled out by Pakistan women who participated in women, peace and security related conference in Jordan in 2010 where women from different parts of the world got together to see what possible actions can be undertaken on and around the theme of the moot.

Visit of International Working Group of Women, Peace and Policy Initiative

Visit of International Working Group of Women, Peace and Policy Initiative

Project Duration: February 2011
Funding Partner: Canadian International Development Agency

A group of peace experts and activists from USA, Canada, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Italy visited Pakistan for ten days for policy discourse with civil society, media and government officials. IFT hosted stay of the group in Pakistan and partnered with Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Un Women in organization of an international forum “Women and Peace” at Islamabad, on February 7, 2011.
Project: Community Protection Council (CPC) Booklet and Provincial Forum of CPCs
Project Duration: December 2010 – January 2011
Funding Partner: UN Women

Community Protection Councils booklet guides as to how citizens can organize themselves, address all forms of violence against women, carry out security mapping of their areas, link themselves with different peace, security and economic development organizations and engage women in peace building efforts.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Women in Emergency Situations

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Women in Emergency Situations

Project Duration: May 2010 – April 2011
Funding Partner: Global Fund for Women

IFT, Khwendo Kor and Aagahi (Multan) organized medical camps at D.I Khan, Multan and Muzaffargarh and are in the process of formulating policy recommendations regarding reproductive health rights of women in emergency situations.

Situation Analysis of GRAP Punjab and Development of TORs of District Gender Resource Centers

Situation Analysis of GRAP Punjab and Development of TORs of District Gender Resource Centers

Project Duration: August 2009- August 2010
Funding Partner: Action Aid Pakistan

This research put together recommendations for Gender Reform Action Plan (Punjab) for improvement of its operations.

Environmental Scanning: Gender Sensitivity in Government Employment Sector - Study

Environmental Scanning: Gender Sensitivity in Government Employment Sector – Study

Project Duration: April 2009- December 2009
Funding Partner: CIDA Devolution Support Project

IFT conducted this research in 10 devolved departments at district level and 6 provincial departments, in 22 districts of Punjab. Its findings were later used in GRAP PC-1 (Extension Phase).

Sports and Play

Sports and Play

Project Duration: January 2008 – December 2008
Funding Partner: Right to Play, Canada

This project was carried out with Afghan refugee children at Peshawar and Quetta in order to provide them sports opportunities for behavioral change. IFT reconfigured the project later and added more components for even better results.

Campaign for MDGs

Campaign for MDGs

Project Duration: 2006- 2008
Funding Partner: UNDP – UNMC

IFT organized MDGs’ campaign for peoples’ awareness and mobilization for three years. IFT was national secretariat for this time. Later, IFT handed the secretariat over to a Punjab based organization.

Sports Work Project

Sports Work Project

Project Duration: January 2002 – 2007
Funding Partner: Olympic Aid (Right to Play) – Canada

IFT carried out this project with Afghan refugee children and youth at Peshawar and Quetta in order to provide them with sports opportunities for behavioral change. IFT reconfigured the project later and added more components for acquiring even better results.

Community Based Education Program for Child Rights and Community Mobilization

Community Based Education Program for Child Rights and Community Mobilization

Project Duration: 2002-2003
Funding Partner: Canadian International Development Agency

Under this project, IFT ran 6 non-formal education centers at Lahore and its suburban and rural areas, to educate male and female disadvantaged children, especially those on the streets and workforce.

Capacity Building Training Program on Child Labour

Capacity Building Training Program on Child Labour

Project Duration: 2000 – 2004
Funding Partner: South Asia Partnership – Pakistan

IFT trained 40 organizations from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan, in order to enable them to develop and undertake programs for elimination of child labor.

Child Labour Education Program

Child Labour Education Program

Project Duration: 2000 – 2001
Funding Partner: International Labour Organization (ILO)

IFT developed training material and conducted workshops for different child rights organizations and individuals. On the basis of the learning meanwhile, IFT implemented Capacity Building Training Program 2000 – 2004.

Global March Against Child Labour - Lahore Chapter

Global March Against Child Labour – Lahore Chapter

Project Duration: 1998
Funding Partner: Local Contributors

Global March was a global campaign of which IFT was part from kick-start to finish in six months time. IFT was coordinator for Lahore chapter. The March passed through 106 countries of the world.