Completed Research Projects

Girls Education-Gender Based Harassment and Violence against School Girls (2021)

This exploratory study collected primary data across Pakistan on school related gender-based violence (SRGBV), mapping pain points impacting girls’ access to education in Pakistan. Using interactive mapping techniques during focus group discussions with young women, Focus groups and interviews with teachers and administrators, the study identified a number of areas where girls were vulnerable to GBV, both in school, and during the commute to school.  The study,  commissioned by the World Bank Pakistan, concluded with recommendations for the government, civil society, private sector and the World Bank.

Young Women in Pakistan – Status Report 2020

The Young Women in Pakistan Status Report follows from UN Women supported Women Economic Empowerment Status Report 2016 and Rural Women Status Report 2018 that CGaPS had the privilege of putting together for the National Commission on the Status of Women. This Report seeks to examine the nature of the enabling environment necessary for enhanced economic opportunities for young women and strengthening their agency. The Report also looks at the impact of COVID 19 on young women and their professional work as well as household responsibilities. It recommends policy and program actions to create the enabling environment that supports young women in accessing opportunities and enhancing their potential, contributing meaningfully to the social, political and economic progress of Pakistan.

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 Baseline Survey Report-2019 the survey, designed and conducted by CGaPS, was commissioned by South Asia Partnership, Pakistan (SAP-PK) for the project Democracy And Empowered Women (Jamhooriat Aur Ba-Ikhtiár Aurat-Jazba). Primary data was collected across Pakistan on knowledge and perceptions of women and men about political participation and processes.

Rural Women in Pakistan – Status Report 2018

This is the third in depth thematic report that has been researched and produced by CGaPS for the National Commission on the Status of Women. The report seeks to develop a comprehensive profile of rural women using available quantitative and qualitative secondary data. It aims to serve as a baseline for NCSW to track progress and provide evidence and recommendations for the enhancement of rural women’s economic and social well-being.

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“Women’s Economic Participation and Empowerment in Pakistan”-Status Report (2016)

CGaPS was awarded a competitive grant for the production of the Status Report by UN Women Pakistan in September 2015. It worked in close partnership and consultation with the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) that identifies women’s economic participation and empowerment as one of its priority areas of work, to ensure that the publication serves as a useful baseline and reference to track women’s economic participation in Pakistan. CGaPS undertook rigorous quantitative and qualitative analysis of available data, guided by an advisory committee of experts. The study has the following three specific objectives:
i) Provide a baseline for the status of women’s economic participation and empowerment in development and humanitarian contexts using quantitative and qualitative data; ii) Identify the determinants of WEE in the context of Pakistan; and highlight the achievements and challenges of WEE in Pakistan; iii) Develop an index of women’s economic empowerment.
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Preparatory work on a national survey – NCSW (2015)

As per its MoU with the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) CGaPS provided technical assistance to NCSW for the preparatory work conceptualizing a national survey that resulted in the final project “Generating Data to Advance Women’s Economic and Social Well-being.”  The DFID/UNFPA supported project will collect data on women’s health, economic activity and violence against women noted to be a key impediment to women’s full participation in the economic sphere as well as the social and political arena.  On behalf of NCSW, CGaPS coordinated the efforts among key stakeholders (governmnet, donor and CSOs) to conceptualize the project until its final approval from the government.  CGaPS provided technical assistance such as review of global VAW survey and indicators; sample size and scope of the survey, preparing the budget etc.  CGaPS continues to be involved as the process moves into the research and instrument design phase of the project.

Standardized Indicators on Violence against Women in Pakistan – NCSW (2014-2015)

Director of CGaPS worked with the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) to conceptualize and execute the development of Pakistan specific indicators of VAW.  The NCSW initiative was funded by the Gender Equity Program (GEP), Aurat Foundation (funded by USAID).  An initial desk review of existing material led to an initial list that was shared with stakeholders and finalized in coordination with a Technical Working Group.  CGaPS facilitated the coordination of the technical working groups, provided inputs to the stakeholder consultations and assisted in the writing and editing of the final publication.

Status of Women and Men in Pakistan 2012

This was the first status report developed by CGaPS, stemming from a need to compile a gender analysis of sex-disaggregated data available in the national surveys conducted by primarily the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and other institutions, such PSLM LFS, HIES, DHS, MICS etc. It built upon the indictors included in the Harmonized Matrix for the Development of a Gender Monitoring Framework in Pakistan produced by UN Women (2009), as well as information from NGOs. The report was designed to facilitate access to quality gender-related information and analysis for of policy-makers and other stakeholders attempting to reduce gender-based inequities in Pakistan.

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