Thematic Areas of Our Work
Guided by our core values, the four thematic areas of our work are:
- Bodily Rights
- Environmental Context (Physical and Political)
- Organizational Evolution
To build and enhance women’s conceptual understanding of and ability to exercise their rights in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), violence against women (VAW) and Personal Status Law (PSL), and promote a conducive environment.
Women enabled to recognize, understand and claim their bodily rights as well as resist all discriminatory practices.
We believe for a woman to secure her bodily rights, her immediate environment must be enabling. This requires reorienting her community, local duty bearers, service providers and society as a whole. Our interventions have increased the sensitization level and responsiveness of duty bearers. It also ensures effective linkages with community based organizations and local government bodies.
At Shirkat Gah, we believe the state must ensure that women-supportive laws and policies are formulated and implemented effectively so that women can fearlessly claim their bodily rights. As part of a larger social reconciliatory effort, Shirkat Gah also engages with men including youth through various programmes and projects to create acceptance of women’s bodily rights.
To strengthen women to raise their individual and collective vices against patriarchy and other obstructive factors, claim their democratic rights and demand social justice, locally, provincially, nationally and even globally.
Women enabled to exercise individual and collective agency to vocally claim their democratic rights and demand social justice.
Voice, as an exercise of agency, is essential for defining, seeking, and claiming democratic rights as well as demanding social justice. Not only is the freedom of expression, thought and conscience a right in its own, voice facilitates all rights: it is vital in articulating and securing rights as well as retaining rights in the face of threats.
At the grassroots, we have been identifying, nurturing, building capacities and facilitating women to raise their voice and to act collectively for their rights throughout Pakistan, as well as regionally and internationally.
Physical & Political
To promote a conducive socio-cultural, political, economic and natural environment to achieve women’s empowerment, peace and social justice.
A culture of peace, democracy, pluralism and sustainable development premised on human rights promoted, and the values of women’s equality and empowerment upheld.
An enabling policy framework and social environment is necessary for women to fully exercise their rights. Upholding women’s rights and ensuring an enabling environment is the primary responsibility of the State. At Shirkat Gah, through our work with marginalized, underserved and underrepresented women, we help hold the State accountable for creating a stable political environment to work and thrive in. Furthermore, since research has proved that women are more vulnerable to the devastating and long-term impacts of climate change in terms of water scarcity and food insecurity, we work with women across communities to create awareness about their natural environmental rights as well, promoting sustainability and efficient use of natural resources.
To mainstream a pro-active feminist, learning and listening culture within staff, supported by appropriate structures, systems and procedures.
An inclusive, vibrant, feminist learning organization thatpromotes social justice and a secular order.
Effective programme delivery requires an effective organizational base. We revitalize learning culture within the organization by keeping abreast with key social and political changes within the country, and by investing exhaustively in the capacity building of our team members to sustain a systematic transfer of knowledge and knowledge management.