Impact of Aga Khan Rural Support Program’s Gender Strategy on Rural Women in District Chitral

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2008-09
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PCF5 Sub-theme: Governance and social justice // The study was conducted in Chitral Valley in the North of Pakistan to explore the gender related activities introduced by the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP).The findings show that the AKRSP has been playing a key role in the development of women in the area and initiated development programs in water supply, health and credit facilities. It imparted trainings for the local women in different disciplines through the Women Organizations (WO’s) established in the area. These trainings were recorded and mostly repeated via video cassettes in different villages. Posters and charts were also used to make the trainings easier for the local women to understand. The AKRSP has also been successful to take few hours daily from the Local Government Radio in the area and communicate to the women in their local language about certain issues such as personal hygiene, procedure to get and pay back loans from the micro finance bank of AKRSP, about agricultural practices etc. Practical adoption of these trainings has made positive effect in the lives of the local women in terms of improved agricultural products and increase in income of the respondents. Further, the AKRSP is looking into the possibility of establishing a Community Radio which if established will play a major role for the development of the area. Thus, it is concluded that the AKRSP has made invaluable contributions in improving the access of women to education, health resources and economic empowerment opportunities. Nevertheless, gender disparities are so widespread that there is a perceptible need for making more concerted efforts for improving female livelihood at national policy level and to reduce gender inequalities in all sectors in order to have equitable development. // Paper ID 720

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