Naseem has come far in terms of personal development and self-awareness. From an abused child and a wronged wife, Naseem has emerged as a strong, confident woman, one of the most active and energetic leaders of the Purple Women’s Movement, having resolved almost 15 cases of domestic violence in her area.
This position paper has been prepared by members and observers of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy. It responds to the concern that the process of crafting a post-2015 development agenda and set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has paid insufficient attention to the role of what is becoming increasingly known as the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE).
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In Pakistan’s Sindh province, minorities continue to face waves of violence that include abduction, forced conversion of Hindu girls, incidents of rape and further discrimination. On May 6th, a protest was organized by Shirkat Gah WELDD (Women’s Empowerment & Leadership Development for Democratization) Youth Groups and Progressive Human Foundation (PHF) in Hyderabad, Sindh to fight the injustice.
As part of Shirkat Gah's ongoing initiatives under WELDD to connect women from the grassroots to government officials, creating contacts and facilitating meetings with key government departments is a regular feature in their work.One the one hand, this engagement has resulted in increased accountability of government officials. But what is more, women farmers' agriculture successes has had knock-on effect on their independence and decision-making power in their families and communities.
Ever wondered why we insist on building capacities of women to earn their own livelihood? Rani Kohli and Kharian’s stories highlights just that: Kharian says “contributing financially in my home has led me to have greater decision making in the family. I am now consulted in all decisions related to our family which was not the case before.”
In January this year, it was announced that the Pakistani government was reinstating the Climate Change Ministry. The turnaround can be attributed in part to the upcoming United Nations conference in Paris, where governments are expected to seal a new agreement to tackle climate change. However, this success should also be heralded as testament to the power of ordinary Pakistani citizens, including the farm women who mobilised their communities and sent their message all the way up to the government. In this instance, political pressure from above and below convened to achieve success.