Women Strengthening & Empowerment

Supported by Action Aid – Pakistan.     2007 – 2009

One of the ICDI’s main objective is to facilitate and provide all the possible social and economical opportunities to the women and girls; in order to strengthen their capacities  ICDI in support with Action Aid – Pakistan.

Sensitized more than 16400 women, girls, female teachers, community elders and influential(s), through awareness raising sessions, seminars, interactive theater and capacity building programs on women rights and Violence Against Women (VAW).

Formed 10 women support groups in rural and urban slum areas of District Peshawar and Syce mandi District Nowshera that supported 1500 women. In these sessions Women support groups identified more than 50 Gender Base Violence (GBV) victims (including early marriage, forced marriage, rape cases, domestic violence and Sawara cases).

Vocational training centers were established for women and adolescent girls in Urban and rural area of Dist Peshawar, 220 women and girls were trained, out of them, 27 girls are now earning bread for their families.

Sensitized more than 1200 students on Life Skills Based education awareness rising sessions in public & private schools of District Peshawar. It was focused on broader issues of child and adolescent vulnerability, health and well being, along with other social issues, to which life skills are being applied.

Universal Children Day November   20,2009

20 November, marks the day on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989. ICDI with Action Aid – Pakistan organized one day activity at Elizabeth Girls High School, Peshawar. More than 400 participants, included Students, teacher, representatives of Civil Society, NGOs, Government and Media from District Peshawar participated in this event.

Sustainable Improvement in WASH at U.C Aza khel payan, District Nowshera

In Partnership with MISEREOR.     August 2013 – October 2014

Union Council Aza Khel Payan (District Nowshera) was affected in flash flood 2012 that claimed 6 lives and damaged infrastructure, houses, live stock and agriculture. ICDI conducted a Damage Need Assessment in this U.C; the assessment revealed that despite of many vulnerabilities, the WASH situation of this village is at worse; 94 % household doesn’t have latrine and using contaminated water for drinking purposes, which ultimately risking the lives of the inhabitants.

In August 2013, ICDI (with the support of MISEREOR) has initiated a project at U.C. Aza Khel Payan, District Nowshera; with an overall goal to bring a Sustainable Improvement in WASH situation of the targeted community through:

  • Community Mobilization;
  • Capacity Building;
  • Awareness and Advocacy;
  • Resource Mobilization;
  • Mapping Exercise;
  • Linkages Development and Networking;
  • Construction of Latrines at household level;
  • Restoration of Open Well at household level;

ICDI has established two groups (i.e. male and female), comprised of local activists and CBOs. Both the groups have received 10 days capacity building trainings in which they have been given in detailed knowledge:

  • Community Management Skills (CMST)
  • Important of Health & Hygiene
  • Importance of Clean drinking water & Latrines
  • Mapping exercise and saving mechanism.

ICDI is carrying out this intervention on community led approach and enabling the local population to mobilize their own resource to resolve their issues.

Housing And Wash Support

Supported by MISEREOR.     July – September 2012

ICDI with a goal to reduce vulnerability of the marginalized community(s) of KPK carried out a Damage & Need Assessment survey and identified 104 families who had lost their houses during flood (2010).

As an initiative ICDI in support with MISEROER has provided assistance in room and latrine construction to 35 most vulnerable families (275 individuals) of floods (2010) affected area that is Syce Mandi (Risalpur) District Nowshera.

“The targeted families have been provided with a safe and improved hygienic environment with the provision of 1 concert room and 1 low cost latrine each.”

Flood Relief Activities

ICDI & MISEREOR.     August 2010 – April 2011

The devastating floods of 2010 in Pakistan, which ran through most parts of KPK, leaving thousands of families affected and helpless; ICDI utilized its own resources and immediately launched relief activities in most affected areas of District Nowshera, Charsadda & Peshawar (Partially) and provided food items, non food items to more than 2500 hundred families.

With the kind support of MISEREOR, a comprehensive health & hygiene awareness campaign and free medical care services were initiated in the targeted Districts. Around 3500 women and girls received training on save health and hygiene practices.

Complete “Family Hygiene Kits” were distributed among 1500 vulnerable affected families to ensure the observation of hygiene practices.

Keeping in high vulnerability MISEREOR support ICDI in providing “Family Winterization Kits” (comprised of warm clothes, socks, shawls & Sweater) to 500 families and  continued free health care and medicines that catered 6700 flood affected people (mainly women and girls) of district Nowshera, Charsadda.

Break The Silence Against Harassment at Work Place

Supported by SPO.     January – March 2013

ICDI in support of SPO carried out a short project that provided awareness to Working Women & Girls in 3 U.Cs of District Peshawar, to break the silence on Harassment and having Knowledge of Rights and Laws protecting them from Harassment/ Sexual/ Abuse/ Harassment at work places; established 3 Working Women Support Groups (WWSG) and and provided them capacity building training.

The project targeted 2500 women and girls of minority community; through awareness and dissemination of I.E.C  material of Anti-Harassment Laws existing in Pakistan.

After completion of trainings, two seminars were conducted, i.e. at University Campus, at Kohati Gate. In University Campus more than 160 men, women and girls participated in the seminar. The members of WWSG through skits and dramas expressed what they had learned in the training(s). At Kohati Gate more than 150 women and especially school girls participated in seminar, where they were given awareness on Harassment, its type(s) and anti-harassment laws existing onPakistan.

Certificates were awarded to participant who had attended the Capacity building training(s).

Linkages developed with Govt. Line Departments, NGO and other major stakeholder, coordination mechanism developed in 1 day consultation meeting. Representatives from SPO, Aurat Foundation, UN-Women, Blue Veins, Social Welfare Department, Peshawar Diocese/ Church, Media, Lawyers and targeted community participated in this meeting. The participants were shown a short presentation on the project activities and finding. The entire participant endorsed to establish a coordination committee comprised of the entire major stakeholder to work on the harassment issues of domestic and daily wages working women in future.

Activities With Isis, WICCE

Supported by Isis. WICCE.    Nov 2012 – Feb 2013

Isis-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis–WICCE) is a global feminist action oriented organization, founded in 1974 in Geneva Switzerland.
The first phase of its institute was held in November 2011 with a Theme: “Strengthening Women’s Potential in Leadership and Peace Building”
First Phase (14-30 Nov 2011):
-Feminist Approaches to Conflict
-Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
-Research Methods and Documentation of Women’s Realities
After the 1st phase ICDI & Blue Veins in support with “Isis. WICCE” carried out a “Research study on Impact of Climate
Change/ Floods on Women’s life in KPK”; depicting problems and issues faced by women and girls during and after the
floods and focusing their short and long term needs.
Women and girls are more vulnerable during disasters and marginalized in their access to relief resources. Women
constitute majority of flood/ disaster victims and yet they are excluded from participation in disaster relief and their
voices silenced resulting in violation of rights at large.
The report was presented at the 2nd phase of Isis. WICCE international conference in July 2012 at Uganda. After reviewing the report Isis. WICCE is supporting ICDI and Blue Vein to start inventions for the rehabilitation of Flood affected Women and Girls in District Charsadda and Nowshera KPK.
This project will focus on the capacity building of women and girls; thus session on Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management will be organized and Women Disaster Management Committee will be formed for the sustainability of the project.

The final report of the activity was presented to the Isis. WICCE representatives in April 2013, at Kathmandu, Nepal.

Activities Under MDGs 2015

Supported by G-CAP, Pakistan.     2008 – 2010

The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) is a growing worldwide alliance consisting of national coalitions (or platforms) of campaigns to end poverty. It is involved with some 38 million people in actions in 2005 in over 75 countries and 23 million people in 2006 in over 85 countries.

In 2009, ICDI signed a MoU with GCAP – Pakistan to enhance its actions and organized following Activities/ Events:

  • Meetings with important Stakeholders;
  • Conferences;
  • Consultation meeting at provincial level;
  • Consultation meeting on MDGs (Shadow Report);
  • Press Briefing;
  • Distribution of material (Printed);
  • Walk/ Rally;
  • Focus group Discussion with Women (Rural & Urban).

These event/ activities are one of the thousands being held around the worlds as part of “ Stand Up, Take action, End poverty Now, citizens across the globe are demanding that world leaders keep the promises they made in the year 2000 to achieve the millennium development goals . The goals are set of 8 benchmarks to:

i. Eradicate extreme poverty;

ii. Achieve universal primary education;

iii. Promote gender equality & empower women;

iv. Reduce child mortality;

v. Improve maternal health;

vi. Combat major diseases;

vii. Ensure environmental sustainability;

viii. Develop a global partnership for development by the year.