Fostering Young Minority Women at Leadership Positions in Punjab
The project aims to foster minority women’s participation in public life and promote leadership in higher education and media by giving them a voice through research, extensive trainings, networking and advocacy.
Minority women lack guidance and information regarding the areas of leadership/development and hence are only seen as teachers and nurses at large.
Gender and religious inequalities are the root cause of many issues negatively affecting women participation in Pakistan. With the support of Australian High Commission in Islamabad, this project aimed to foster minority women’s participation in public life and promote leadership in higher education and media by giving them a voice through research, extensive trainings, networking and advocacy. This unique initiative lead a pioneer research on minority women at leadership positions in Lahore, Sialkot and Faisalabad. Trainings with students enhanced their capacities as leaders and gave them much needed confidence. Under this project FACES Pakistan signed MoUs with institutes and youth willing to campaign for and engage minority women in public life. A resource centre has also been established at Kinnaird College for Women University for the purpose of networking and information sharing.
The trainings were organized on social awareness and leadership for youth especially females from mixed religious communities studying in colleges and universities. The purpose of the training was to strengthen women for representation, participation and leadership in public life with sustained networking with colleges/universities/academia, journalists/media groups/Mass Communication Departments. During the training ToEs were signed by the youth and they were asked to continue and carrying out the cascading activities among other youth of institutions and evaluating the result.
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