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Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are typically added in the following Spring. Fiscal Year 2013 projects will be added in Spring, 2014.

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Projects : Women's Empowerment

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2012

Social Justice for Women Workshop

A workshop on Social Justice for Women in Muslim Societies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 23-27, 2012, that brought together program staff, partner organizations, and key religious leaders from South and Southeast Asia who are working to advance women's rights.

Total Expenditures: $46,484

Funding Sources: Expenditures:
Congressional appropriation$41,644
Australian Aid$4,840

Afghan Women Welfare Department

Discussion groups in Jalalabad province for 200 community leaders in Pashto and Dari on 10 topics related to women’s rights within an Islamic perspective.

Afghan Youth Cultural Foundation

Discussion groups in Samangan province for 150 community leaders in Dari on 10 topics related to women’s rights within an Islamic perspective.

Afghans for Civil Society

Three-month preparatory course for the National College entrance examination for 50 girls in Kandahar city; Discussion groups in Kandahar province for 200 community leaders in Pashto on 10 topics related to women’s rights within an Islamic perspective.

Aria Services and Rehabilitation Organization for Afghanistan

Discussion groups in Baghlan province for 150 community leaders in Dari on 10 topics related to women’s rights within an Islamic perspective.

Hijarat Welfare Organization

Three-month preparatory course for the National College entrance examination for 50 girls in Kapisa province.

Kabul University, Cisco Academy

Posted 50 articles and five commentaries on women and Islam in the Afghan context in Dari and Pashto on the Women and Islam Afghanistan page of the website, www.womenandislam.net.

Ministry of Women's Affairs

One-day conference on awareness-raising on the elimination of violence against women; Development of brochures and posters for International Women’s Day events hosted by the Ministry.

Sayara

Participation in the planning and rapid assessment for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs Initiative to Strengthen Policy and Advocacy through Communications and Institution Building.

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance through five international consultants and three national consultants to support the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in the following areas: improve policy development through effective information collection systems; strengthen capacity of ministry provincial offices; establish a Media and Communications  Directorate and Office of the MoWA spokesperson.

Women Council at Kabul University (WCKU)

Editorial board to develop and approve content for 50 articles in Dari and Pashto to post on the on the Women and Islam Afghanistan page of the website at www.womenandislam.net. Content included the spiritual role of women in Afghan society, women and social and political participation, Gender Equality in Islam, legal rights of women in Islam, violence against women, Islamic Perspective of Hijab, and Qur’anic References to Women.

2012

Addressing Domestic Violence in Delhi: Filling the Gap between Intents and Outcomes

Supporting a study on government and civil society initiatives to address violence against women in the city of New Delhi.

Local Partner:

Institute of Social Studies Trust

Total Expenditures: $1,901

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Addressing Violence against Women in Meghalaya

Building gender-sensitive approaches among police personnel toward victims of gender-based violence in the state of Meghalaya, and strengthening links between the police and local communities to work jointly to combat crimes against women.

Local Partner:

North East Network

Total Expenditures: $6,867

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Advancing Human Rights and Women's Rights within an Islamic Framework

Engaging religious leaders and women to establish and facilitate community dialogue groups (CDGs) and advocate for social justice. Using mass media to increase awareness for women's rights.

Total Expenditures: $14,028

2012

Advancing Human Rights and Women's Rights within an Islamic Framework across South Asia

Promoting gender equity and women's rights within an Islamic framework in South Asia as part of a regional program across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan through: developing a training curriculum for Muslim leaders on women's human rights; fostering an exchange of ideas and discourse in South Asia on the relationship of Islam, human rights, and women's rights; creating a locally appropriate training curriculum for religious leaders in South Asia to advance social justice for women; and expanding and strengthening regional networks of Muslim scholars and leaders working to advance women's rights in the context of Islam.

Total Expenditures: $10,719

2012

Advancing Human Rights and Women’s Rights within an Islamic Framework across South Asia

Promoting gender equity and women’s rights within an Islamic framework in South Asia, as part of a regional program across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan by fostering an exchange of ideas and discourse in South Asia on the relationship of Islam, human rights, and women’s rights; creating a locally appropriate training curriculum for religious leaders in South Asia to advance social justice for women; and providing orientation on this to religious leaders

Total Expenditures: $65,745

2012

Anti-Human Trafficking Day

Raising awareness of human trafficking through supporting the Lao Youth Union to organize Anti-Human Trafficking Day activities, such as a mass-media campaign and school drama competitions. This project focuses on awareness as a strategy for prevention and on providing a widespread access to information in order for Lao society to understand and better combat the problem of human trafficking.

Local Partner:

UN Inter-Agency Project

Total Expenditures: $3,000

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Anti-trafficking Hotline

Supporting Mongolia's only anti-trafficking hotline to provide Mongolian men, women and youth with a critical tool to fight against exploitation and the violation of their fundamental human rights.

Local Partner:

Gender Equality Center

Total Expenditures: $14,718

Funding Sources:
Give2Asia
2012

Asian Perspectives: Women's Changing Roles in Asia

A panel discussion on "Women's Changing Roles in Asia" to commemorate International Women's Day featuring four prominent experts from Asia discussing critical issues facing women in Asia today: gender equality and local governance, women in conflict resolution, women's entrepreneurship, and women and Islam.

2012

Building Better Budgets for Women and the Poor

Increasing participation of civil society organizations that represent women and the poor in promoting gender-responsive and pro-poor policies and budgetary processes, and reforming local budgetary processes and institutionalizing gender-responsive and pro-poor changes to budgeting policies and processes at the provincial and national levels.

Local Partners:

Center for Regional Studies and Information (Pattiro); The Community of Care for Women and Children (KPPA); Gorontalo Development Research Institute (LP2G); National Partnership Self-Resilience Foundation (Yasmib); Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (Fitra); Institute for Community Justice (ICJ); Legislative Monitoring Committee (Kopel); The Nusantara Pillar Association (PINUS); Women’s Empowerment Institute (LPP Bone); Women’s Institute for Research and Empowerment of Gorontalo (WIRE-G); Foundation of Community and Economic Development Review Institutes (YPL2EM)

Total Expenditures: $1,693,988

Funding Sources:
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
2012

Building Up Women Leaders

Building leadership skills for women in leadership positions (especially Lao women who are working in government) in order to improve strategies and skills that can prepare them to take on higher positions. Running workshops first for participants from different Ministries and the Vientiane Capital Office and then for participants from the Government Cabinet, Lao NCAW, and the Lao Women’s Union Central Office.

Local Partner:

Lao National Commission for the Advancement of Women (Lao NCAW)

Total Expenditures: $13,335

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Cambodia Tertiary Scholarship Program (CTSP)

Supporting poor and vulnerable young women from rural areas to pursue four-year undergraduate degrees, giving them the opportunity to contribute to economic and social development in their communities and in society as a whole. Preparing these students for the workplace through career counseling and development activities.

Local Partner:

Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE)

Total Expenditures: $140,040

Funding Sources:
Shirin Pandju Merali Foundation
2012

Combating Human Trafficking across the India (Bihar)-Nepal Border

Strengthening the capacity of law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders in two border districts in the state of Bihar to combat human trafficking across the India-Nepal border through training and capacity building programs for law enforcement agencies, NGOs, and local elected representatives; mobilization of local communities; and strengthened coordination and networking among civil society organizations, media, and law enforcement agencies at the district level.

Local Partner:

Jan Jagran Sansthan

Total Expenditures: $28,773

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
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