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Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are added the following fiscal year.

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Projects : Women's Rights and Personal Security

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Social Justice for Women Workshop

A workshop on Social Justice for Women in Muslim Societies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 23-27, 2012, that brought together program staff, partner organizations, and key religious leaders from South and Southeast Asia who are working to advance women's rights.

Total Expenditures: $46,484

Funding Sources: Expenditures:
Congressional appropriation$41,644
Australian Aid$4,840

Combating Trafficking in Persons

Supporting local-level commitment and action coupled with national-level policy reform to combat internal, international, and cross-border trafficking in persons. Countering trafficking through a holistic approach addressing prevention, protection, and prosecution. Developing a position paper analyzing the current global and national legal and social framework defining anti-trafficking efforts and defining pragmatic strategies on a gap analysis. Conducting a study on the exploitation on trafficking of Nepalese girls and women for prostitution from a criminal business perspective. Participating in trafficking in person conclave to end human trafficking in the South Asia region held at Kolkata, India. Promoting a public private partnership program to ensure services to target beneficiaries who are primarily young people vulnerable to trafficking and or exploitative labor migration and survivors of trafficking. Conducting training for police officers in Banke District on how to use the computerized motoring system to track Trafficking in Person (TIP) cases and how to utilize information on the system to better develop and utilize data and trends regarding TIP in the resolution of cases.

Local Partners:

Center for Legal Research and Resource Development; Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities; Forum for the Protection of People’s Rights; Forum for Women, Law, and Development; Industrial Enterprise Development Institute; Kathmandu School of Law; Legal Aid and Consultancy Center; Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare; Nepal Judicial Academy; Transcultural Psychosocial Organization; World Education Inc.


Gender Equity Program

Enhancing gender equity by expanding women's access to justice and human rights. Increasing women's empowerment by expanding their knowledge of their rights. Combating gender-based violence. Strengthening the capacity of Pakistani organizations to advocate for gender equity, women's empowerment, and the elimination of gender-based violence.

Local Partners:

Aurat Foundation; Anjuman Falah-o-Bahbood Aid Council (AFAC); Agosh Welfare Society & Development Association; AID Balochistan; Masoom Rights Development Society; Al Asar Development Organization; Al Mehboob Welfare Society; Association for Gender Awareness and Human Empowerment; Association of Global Humanists & Ethics; Aurat Association; Aware Girls; Awareness on Human Rights, Social Development and Active Society (AHSAS); Association Behavior for Knowledge Transformation; Azat Foundation; Balochistan Social Development Program; Bargad Youth Organization; Bhittai Social Welfare Association; Black Box Sounds;  Center for Excellence for Women's Studies, University of Karachi; Change through Empowerment; Community Support Concern; Community Support Foundation; Dehi Ijtamai Taraqati Social Workers Council; Dehi Samaji Taraqiati Council; Department of Gender Studies, University of the Punjab; Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment; Dir Area Development Organization; Drugs & Narcotics Educational Services for Humanity; First Women Bank Limited, Forum; Foundation for Integrated Development Action; Gender Development Studies Department, University of Balochistan; Governance Institutes Network International; Grass-Root Organization for Human Development; Gul Welfare Organization; Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS); HWA Foundation; Kainaat Development Association; Legal Rights Forum; Makran Resource Center Turbat; Management and Development Foundation; Ministry of Human Rights; Ministry of Women's Development; Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Center; Oasis Development Foundation; Pak Women; Pakistan Youth League; Participatory Educational and Community Empowerment (PEACE); Publishing Extension Network; Quaid e Azam Law College; Roshan Youth Welfare Organization; Sami Foundation; Semiotics Consultants; Shah Sachal Sami Foundation; Sindh Development Society; Sindh Development Society; Society for Advancement of Community Health, Education & Training; Society for Awareness, Advocacy and Development (SAAD); Society for Empowering Human Resources (SEHER); Society for Human Interest and Neglected Environs; Society for Uplifting Community; Soofi Sachal Sarmast Welfare Association; South Punjab NGO; Step Towards Empowerment of Pupils; Strengthening Participatory Organization; University of the Punjab; Women Social Organization; Women Welfare Organization Poonch; Youth Association for Development; Youth Organization; Youth Resource Center.

Total Expenditures: $3,896,430

Funding Sources:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Gender-based Violence in Nepal

Supporting the inaugural program of Cultural Campaign for the Guarantee of Rights and Dignity of Labor Free from Violence and exploitation for Women Working in the Entertainment Sector. Participation at the Second Himalayan Studies Conference at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo to present a paper on Development Alternative for Gender Equality and Social Justice, Macroeconomic Framework for Gender & Social Inclusion and Its Implications for Development Planning and Practice. Producing a Public Service Announcement (PSA) highlighting the achievements of the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) Gender Empowerment and Coordination unit (GECU) and activities of eleven ministries. Conducting research on the contribution made by GBV unit and other government agencies. Participation in a study visit to Islamabad to understand the Government of Pakistan’s experience in combating GBV. Supporting an interactive program on the role of media to combat gender based violence. Conducting an action research and documentation on Chhaupadi in mid-western and far-western development regions of Nepal.

Local Partners:

ASMITA; Federation of Business and Professional Women; Nepal Police; ODC Incorporated (ODC Inc.); Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers; Paragon Media Center; Sancharika Samuha; SPI Nepal; Women Forum for Women in Nepal


Human Trafficking Workshop

A workshop on human trafficking entitled "Capturing Lessons Learned, Charting the Way Forward" in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 17-19, 2012 which brought together a diverse group of staff, external experts, and donor representatives to leverage our collective expertise and ensure our strategies going forward are based on the most cutting-edge theories and practice. 

Total Expenditures: $26,369

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation

Preventing and Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Increasing the knowledge of Lao Women’s Union staff and government departments in Oudomxay province on domestic violence and how to assist victims of domestic violence.

Local Partner:

Lao PDR, Lao Women Union Oudomxay Province

Total Expenditures: $3,701

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation

Aceh Provincial Shariah Court

Developing a book on the experience of Shariah Court judges in Aceh as they apply gender perspectives within their courtrooms.


Adolescents' Development Center

Supporting multi-disciplinary networks of community-based organizations, schools, and citizens to prevent trafficking in persons and identify victims in two aimags (provinces) and Ulaanbaatar.


Afghan Youth Cultural Foundation; Afghan Women's Education Center; Afghanistan Human Rights Organization; Organization for Human Resource Development; Shuhada Organization

Promoting and expanding knowledge relating to women's rights in Afghanistan.


Agir Pour Le Cambodge/Sala Bai

Vocational training center to support up to 100 vulnerable youth, predominantly girls, who are at risk of trafficking; Assistance for graduates in looking for employment in hotels, restaurants, and other business enterprises.


Aisyiyah, Central Board (PP Aisyiyah)

Developing and disseminating information on women’s health through Aisyiyah networks in Java and Lombok.

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