Gender and Women Development

Encompasses rights, advocacy and socio-economic development of all genders, including the poorest of the poor, vulnerable and disabled persons. ECI focuses on capacity building of different gender groups in order to increase their visibility, accessibility and control over resources.

The process begins by enabling them to participate in social and economic activities. Women empowerment is a major component of gender development and awareness raising among women is imperative for catalyzing change and achievement of sustainable developmental impacts.

Social Changemakers Program under Karachi Youth Initiative - Development International Agency

In this 6-month capacity building program, 63 selected changemakers underwent trainings and awareness sessions on CVE in order to equip them to implement 12 Social Action Projects (SAPs) effectively. For the first time, females were also engaged and 15 of the CMs were young girls. After completing the SAPs, 8 Community Show & Tell events and 2 Mega Show & Tell events were also designed.


Location: Karachi
Target Audience: Community youth
Number of Beneficiaries:  5391 Beneficiaries

Methodology and Innovations:

  • 12 social action projects
  • Female engagement in SAPs
  • Community shows and Tell events and 2 Mega show
  • Addressing issues of violence and extremism
Awareness Raising on Personal and Social Development of Transgender Groups

ECI designed a series of brochures for creating awareness among the Transgender Community. For this purpose, a Rapid Need Assessment was conducted in Islamabad and Rawalpindi and 3 FGDs were held in which community members were engaged. In the light of results obtained material was designed.

Location: Islamabad and Rawalpindi
Target Audience: Transgender Community

Methodology and Innovations:

  • 13 need specific brochures and 1 poster was developed
Enhancing Capacity of Female, Youth Labor and Minorities Elected Representatives for Efficient and Accountable Democratic System - USAID

Under the USAIDs Citizen Voice project (CVP) Cycle 10, ECI conducted trainings with targeted beneficiaries in order to enhance the capacity of elected representatives and strengthening citizens.


Location: Mansehra
Target Audience: Local Government Members
Number of Beneficiaries: 3034

Methodology and Innovations:

  • 123 01-Day Trainings for three tiers:
    • District Councilors
    • Tehsil Councilors
    • Village/Neighborhood Nazims and Naib Nazims, Village/Neighborhood Councilors (male and female)
  • The trainees were trained on three modules designed specifically for their respective tier of LG.
    • LG Laws, Structure and Functions
    • Resource Management and Transparent Budgeting
    • Participatory Planning
Skills Enhancement of Female Beneficiaries involved in Marble Mosaic, Inlay and Handcrafts

ECI conducted Business Development Trainings for locally skilled women in Marble Mosaic, inlay, working in rural areas of Islamabad and Abbottabad.

Location: Islamabad, Abbottabad
Target Audience: Local Skilled women
Number of Beneficiaries: 580 Women in 14 batches

Methodology and Innovations:

  • Enterprise development concepts in skilled women
  • Post Training Mentoring Support
‘Khwab Say Tabeer TaK’ - a Training course for Adolescent Girls - RutgersWPF

Under this project ECI conducted a 7-day Training of Trainers (ToT) for 21 young girls in Hyderabad to help explore and develop their growth potential. This innovative initiative helped build the youth’s knowledge-base on life skills, enhanced their confidence and leadership skills, and created awareness regarding professional development.

Location: Hyderabad
Target Audience: Adolescent Girls
Number of Beneficiaries:  21

Methodology and Innovations:
It was a holistic approach that encouraged females to identify and avail opportunities for progression by

  • Building youth’s knowledge-base on life skills
  • Enhancement of confidence and leadership skills in youth
  • Awareness regarding professional life
Awareness Session on Gender Equality and Women Inclusion for PDI Beneficiaries

To raise awareness on Gender inclusive roles and responsibilities, ECI conducted four, 2- day Awareness Sessions on the Gender Equality and Women Inclusion in businesses.


Location: Thatta
Target Audience: Female
Number of Beneficiaries: 145

Methodology and Innovations:

  • Enhancement of learning curve around gender awareness
  • Inclusion of women in economic development
  • Promoting gender based approach for socioeconomic development
Decent Work and Effective Labor Inspection - ILO

Under this project ECI designed and developed a 4-day module on ‘Decent Work & Effective Labour Inspection’ in collaboration with the four provincial department of labor.


Location: Nationwide
Target Audience:  Staff of Labor Department

Methodology and Innovations:
Equipped staff of labor department to:

  • Carry out the inspection duties in a systematic way
  • Analyze information to identify gender disparities
    Compliance with international labor standards
Gender-Based Value Chain Research on the Gems & Jewelry, Mosaic and Home - Textiles Sub-Sectors - UNIDO

For this project a gender based value chain research study was under taken to identify areas for Women Entrepreneurship Development in the value chains for the marble mosaic, gems & jewelry and the home-textile sub-sectors.


Location:  Home-textile sub- sectors
Target Audience: Female
Number of Beneficiaries: Group of 30 vocational trainers

Methodology and Innovations:
The large scale research project implemented that these phases;

  • Provide comprehensive sub- pectoral mapping
  • Identify the key stakeholders
  • Strengths and weakness
  • Opportunities present in each value chain

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