TAAWUN (Synergies)

Group Development Pakistan (GDP) in collaboration with Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) Pakistan has been implementing the project titled ‘TAAWUN’ (synergies) which is funded by the European Union (EU) under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The project aims to contribute to promoting gender equality and enforcing women’s rights in Pakistan as per SDG 5 and 16.2, by

a) contributing to improving legislation to counter Violence against Women and Girls in the country and

b) contributing to improving the regulatory and policy framework to counter VAWG in Pakistan (via comprehensive legislation, national policies, public-private partnerships, data gathered through outreach, and sharing of researches, advocacy and lobbying campaigns, KAP survey, capacity-building).

The project seeks to highlight the importance of public and private partnerships and synergies in order to realize the overarching goals of gender equality and countering Gender-Based Violence and Violence against Women and Girls in Pakistan.

Overall Objective: To support gender equality and contribute to supporting women human rights’ defenders in situations where they are most at risk

Expected Outcomes:

  • Improved collaboration between state and non-state actors to prevent/respond to acid and burn/domestic violence, child marriage and child domestic labour through evidence-based reform and creative action
  • Improved social, institutional and political disapproval towards forms of violence that intersect with acid and burn violence such as domestic violence, child marriage and child domestic labour/slavery      
  • Improved capacities of women and girls to stand against VAWG and Human Rights abuses                                                                                                                                             
  • Improved capacities of Law Enforcement Agencies and service providers to prevent and respond to acid and burn/domestic violence, child marriage and child domestic labour/slavery.