The Girl Power is a five-year international program funded by the Dutch Government. It was developed by six civil society organizations in the Netherlands including ICDI, Women Win, Free Press Unlimited, Child Helpline International, DCI-Ecpat, and Plan Netherlands under the umbrella of Child Rights Alliance (CRA), led by Plan International Netherlands. The program aims at building the capacity of the civil society in 10 developing countries including Pakistan to support the empowerment of girls and young women for gender equality.
The GPP focuses on four components related to empowerment of girls including;
1) Protection ( from violence)
2) Post-primary education
3) Economic participation, and
4) Socio-political Participation
First two components of GPP including Protection and Post Primary Education are being implemented in Pakistan. Bedari is implementing the Protection Component in Multan, Vehari and Chakwal under the partnership with ICDI and Plan International Pakistan.
Major interventions by Bedari include establishing community surveillance system for protection of women and girls from violence, providing immediate support to violence survivors through helpline and its crises intervention program and to highlight the policy level issues with the policy makers through effective advocacy and lobbying with them.
Bedri established 52 child protection committees in Chakwal and Vehari (26 in each district), and organized trainings for the members of the committees. Additionally, it established 5 children’s clubs in slum areas of Multan city. Additionally:
- It reached out to more than 67,000 girls, and youth women through various means to raise awareness about child protection, and gender equality.
- Provided direct services to 5,482 girls and young women. The services included free legal aid, psych-social support, and medical aid.
- Reached out to more than 3,500 staff of various government institutions with messages on child protection, girls rights, and gender equality.
- Organized training workshops for over 1,400 traditional community leaders on gender and child protection issues.
- It provided technical support, and built capacity of around 200 community based organizations in the target districts.
It has concluded on December 31, 2015.