Organisation: Health And Rural Development (HARD)

Amount: £89 346.00

Year: 2017

Duration: 36 months

Country: Pakistan

Health and Rural Development (HARD) is supporting government reforms that will improve the participation of women in politics and local governance in the Balochistan province of Pakistan.
Significant legislation has been passed in Pakistan that protects the rights of women to participate in political and electoral processes: 33 per cent of seats are reserved for women in local government and 17 per cent in provincial assemblies, national assemblies and the senate. Despite this progress, there are still 11.7 million more men on the electoral role than women. In 2017, the federal cabinet reformed electoral laws making it mandatory for political parties to allot five percent of their tickets to women candidates to boost women’s representation in political decision-making and law-making.

To support these reforms, HARD is seeking to improve the participation of women in politics and local governance in the Balochistan province by creating informal district assemblies to discuss the sociocultural, religious and structural impediments to women’s participation in politics in tandem with building the capacity of young women and their groups to engage in participatory governance and civic leadership. The young women are being encouraged to come forward and engage with the wider civic landscape including other civil society organisations and government. To support participation from the general public, a political resource centre for women to access information on civic and political rights, is being established. The resource centre provides guidance on registering for voting and obtaining the national identity card.

At the end of the project, it is expected that there will be increased participation of women in democratic processes at the local level; more women will be able to vote and contest elections; and there will be improved governance through the participation of more women.

Health and Rural Development

HARD registered in 1961 is a non-governmental organisation working on a broad range of issues from health, education, human rights, governance to women rights and advocacy. HARD has experience of working within the province of Balochistan for the empowerment of women and marginalized communities.